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(Japan Daily Press)   Japan's First Lady marches in Tokyo's pride parade. Your move, Michelle   (japandailypress.com) divider line 110
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2014-05-09 05:44:26 AM

Alphax: Might embarrass the Nigerian government into doing more, I guess.


It aparently sucks to be the Nigerian government... shaming them was the whole reason Boko Haram perpetrated this madness.  Now they'll be shamed more if they don't rescue the girls.  I can't help but think this was a farking brilliant move on BH's part.  Sure they may lose a few mooks in the inevitable army raids, but they got to rape, rape, and send a gruesome political message anyway.
 
2014-05-09 06:08:17 AM

Cerberus: DarkVader: Anybody else notice how many of the signs in that parade were in English?

Just seems kind of weird to me.

There are always some words or phrases that don't translate very well from one language to another. By using English, the LGBTQ,etc. message is one that espouses Western values of diversity and tolerance. Translating some words on those signs into Japanese, 'Gay men's alliance' might turn into something that means 'association of men flirting in hot springs but live normal hetero lives once outside the curtains' or such. Which is definitely not the original message. And, if you're just going to translate English into katakana loan words, that won't mean anything to locals that aren't familiar with the English words to begin with. And, the rest of the world gets to see the parade and understand what it's for.


Nah, I'm betting the Japanese character for "gay" looks like to guys swordfighting and that's just going to confuse the media on a poster.
 
2014-05-09 06:31:58 AM

Kinetic King: Do they have anal tentacle porn?


If they don't you just gave someone an idea.
 
2014-05-09 06:50:11 AM

itsaidwhat: Nah, I'm betting the Japanese character for "gay" looks like to guys swordfighting

...

What does it look like to girls?
 
2014-05-09 06:53:28 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: "Your move Michelle"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2622999/Celebrities-join-cam pa ign-bring-kidnapped-Nigerian-girls.html




I think the FLOTUS of the free world has already found a slightly more pressing issue to stomp for.  But that's just me.


See, she IS a lesbian.

Giggity.
 
2014-05-09 07:15:14 AM

Danger Avoid Death: WeenerGord: Is vegetable sex not legal?

Shallot be so? Lettuce hope so. If you carrot all, you won't turnip your nose at it. Squash your fears endive in and give peas a chance. We're all human beans, so the beet goes on.


Get thee to a punnery.
 
2014-05-09 07:17:07 AM
img.fark.net

OK, since when did our First Lady become Freddy Krueger?

parlorofhorror.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-09 07:21:49 AM

spongeboob: Kinetic King: Do they have anal tentacle porn?

If they don't you just gave someone an idea.


I'm genuinely surprised  Ghastly isn't here to comment.

/I'd ask if we have a Ghast-signal, but I don't want to know what sort of silhouette it would show.
 
2014-05-09 08:21:32 AM

spongeboob: And can you imagine how much that would cost the US taxpayers?


Like that has ever been a consideration with them, it is not their money they are spending.
 
2014-05-09 08:22:59 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: "Your move Michelle"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2622999/Celebrities-join-cam pa ign-bring-kidnapped-Nigerian-girls.html

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x416]


I think the FLOTUS of the free world has already found a slightly more pressing issue to stomp for.  But that's just me.


And an effective way of addressing the issue also, almost as effective as her husband's red lines.
 
2014-05-09 08:39:12 AM

hasty ambush: spongeboob: And can you imagine how much that would cost the US taxpayers?

Like that has ever been a consideration with them, it is not their money they are spending.


Where were you a few years ago?

And just to add some context, these conservative dissemblers also fail to note that Obama has taken far fewer days off than his predecessor, George W. Bush. Obama's average of 21.5 vacation days per year makes him look like a workaholic compared to   per year - more than five times Obama's. But if you're a rich white Republican you can't be accused of being lazy or shiftless when you are enjoying some leisure time at your ranch in Crawford or on your yacht in Kennebunkport.

http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=11135
 
2014-05-09 08:44:48 AM

Kinetic King: Do they have anal tentacle porn?


Isn't that a redundant statement?

I mean, those tentacles go EVERYWHERE.

/Or so I've heard
/Stop looking at me like that
 
2014-05-09 08:49:59 AM
Ninja please
 
2014-05-09 09:02:31 AM

taurusowner: DarkVader: Anybody else notice how many of the signs in that parade were in English?

Just seems kind of weird to me.

More than half of the signs in downtown Kabul Afghanistan are in English. it boggled my mind. I know we've been there a long time and a lot of English is bound to rub off, but it's not like your average American soldier is allowed to go walking around, shopping, and eating in Afghanistan. And I'm not just talking about things that an American might be interested, like a cell phone or satellite internet. Everything from little food stands, to car repair, gas stations, an entire row of shops about 2 blocks long that sells nothing but office supplies. All in English. It was disconcerting to say the least.


I'm not surprised about that:  English is pretty much the defacto world language of trade.

In Japan, moreso than almost anywhere in the non-English-speaking world, English has a very special
place in society.  English proficiency has been long encouraged in Japan (doubtless a holdover from the
days of the US occupation), and the use of English letters as sheer graphic design elements on signs,
in print or on clothing is very popular, often without any regard to what the words or letters are actually
saying.  The same thing happens in J-pop music, where they have lyrics in often nonsense English just
to have the language in a song.

I had a friend who wrote a video game back in the 1980s and two Japanese companies were vying for the
licensing rights for their domestic market.  As the owner of the property, he was party to the negotiations
between the two companies.  They conducted all their business in English, and he asked his local
guide whether that was for his benefit.  It was not; according to the guide, this was completely normal,
and that all business-to-business communication in Japan was conducted in English.
 
2014-05-09 09:18:03 AM
Just wait until the titans show up at your parade, then the people will REALLY start running.
 
2014-05-09 09:22:14 AM
Canadian soldiers in gay pride parade.  No one takes issue with it.  Bonus: 2006

i.cbc.ca
 
2014-05-09 09:36:01 AM
Wow, walking in a parade. You know what else Japanese LBGTs might like? The right to marriage and equal protection under the law in their own country. But, you know, a parade is good too.
 
2014-05-09 09:40:28 AM

hasty ambush: And an effective way of addressing the issue also, almost as effective as her husband's red lines.



She should go all Liam Neeson on their ass.  Would that make you happy?
 
2014-05-09 09:51:08 AM

Errk: She's way hotter than Michelle.


Her husband is even hotter than Michelle.
 
2014-05-09 09:54:52 AM

mekki: Wow, walking in a parade. You know what else Japanese LBGTs might like? The right to marriage and equal protection under the law in their own country. But, you know, a parade is good too.


Confuscious say, even the longest journey begins with a single step.

/yes I know I misspelled his name, that he's Chinese and that the quote comes from Lao-tzu (also Chinese)
 
2014-05-09 09:59:03 AM

mekki: Wow, walking in a parade. You know what else Japanese LBGTs might like? The right to marriage and equal protection under the law in their own country. But, you know, a parade is good too.


Well, it's something.  It's progress.  If you happen to live in a country where human rights aren't up to par, you're not going to accomplish fairness all in one bold move (unless you're extremely lucky, and even then, it won't be your doing, just some politician or group of politicians that want to spend political capital on it).  So you become a visible part of society.  You show people that you're not dangerous, you're just human beings.  You get influential members of society to vouch for you.  And eventually, it gets to a point where people turn around and say, "Hey, there's some human rights violations going on here, we should really fix that."

You can't gain civil rights through force of will alone.
 
2014-05-09 09:59:50 AM
I think that's more up Hillary's alley.
 
2014-05-09 10:11:36 AM

Cerberus: DarkVader: Anybody else notice how many of the signs in that parade were in English?

Just seems kind of weird to me.

There are always some words or phrases that don't translate very well from one language to another. By using English, the LGBTQ,etc. message is one that espouses Western values of diversity and tolerance. Translating some words on those signs into Japanese, 'Gay men's alliance' might turn into something that means 'association of men flirting in hot springs but live normal hetero lives once outside the curtains' or such. Which is definitely not the original message. And, if you're just going to translate English into katakana loan words, that won't mean anything to locals that aren't familiar with the English words to begin with. And, the rest of the world gets to see the parade and understand what it's for.


I was visiting Tokyo and Yokohama in January and was surprised at how many businesses and government signs were in English. While most of actual content was all in Japanese, most things were at least labelled in English.   It was pretty easy to figure out what things were.  Of course, you do have to learn that a place with the word "snack" on the sign didn't mean they served snacks inside.  These snack shops were low-end hostess bars where you pay by the hour to sit and have drinks with a girl next door type.
 
2014-05-09 10:14:07 AM

physt: hese snack shops were low-end hostess bars where you pay by the hour to sit and have drinks with a girl next door type.


I never understood that whole concept.  Is there like a "champagne room" or something?  How hard is it to find a girl to have a beverage with Japan?  I can only assume that there's some kind of cultural prohibition about meeting people you don't know.
 
2014-05-09 10:17:48 AM

physt: I was visiting Tokyo and Yokohama in January and was surprised at how many businesses and government signs were in English. While most of actual content was all in Japanese, most things were at least labelled in English. It was pretty easy to figure out what things were. Of course, you do have to learn that a place with the word "snack" on the sign didn't mean they served snacks inside. These snack shops were low-end hostess bars where you pay by the hour to sit and have drinks with a girl next door type.


English is a required foreign language class for Japanese students.  There's no real paralell in US culture, since we're so insular, but everyone there can read it.  The closest approximation is that almost everyone in the US can read roman numerals.
 
2014-05-09 10:23:26 AM

phrawgh: Alphax: Errk: She's way hotter than Michelle.

Got pics?  The ones in the article are pretty small.

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Her? I'm sure Egg's a fine first lady.
 
2014-05-09 10:24:04 AM

ikanreed: physt: I was visiting Tokyo and Yokohama in January and was surprised at how many businesses and government signs were in English. While most of actual content was all in Japanese, most things were at least labelled in English. It was pretty easy to figure out what things were. Of course, you do have to learn that a place with the word "snack" on the sign didn't mean they served snacks inside. These snack shops were low-end hostess bars where you pay by the hour to sit and have drinks with a girl next door type.

English is a required foreign language class for Japanese students.  There's no real paralell in US culture, since we're so insular, but everyone there can read it.  The closest approximation is that almost everyone in the US can read roman numerals.


Americans only know their Roman numerals up to Rock VII "Adrian's Revenge"
 
2014-05-09 10:26:43 AM

bigpeeler: Errk: She's way hotter than Michelle.

Her husband is even hotter than Michelle.


img.fark.net

Whatever works for you, man.
 
2014-05-09 10:28:14 AM

someonelse: bigpeeler: Errk: She's way hotter than Michelle.

Her husband is even hotter than Michelle.

[img.fark.net image 252x315]

Whatever works for you, man.


Here's a more recent pic...
 
2014-05-09 10:29:03 AM
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2014-05-09 10:32:04 AM

Mercutio74: physt: hese snack shops were low-end hostess bars where you pay by the hour to sit and have drinks with a girl next door type.

I never understood that whole concept.  Is there like a "champagne room" or something?  How hard is it to find a girl to have a beverage with Japan?  I can only assume that there's some kind of cultural prohibition about meeting people you don't know.


As far as I know from my limited research...

Dating in Japan is complicated. Normally, people don't just meet and go out together. The process starts with group dates of friends.  After a 4 or 5 of these, two people may decide to do something on there on and become a couple.

People in Japan work a ridiculous number of hours.  Not all that time is spent working but just putting in face time.  Japanese are masters of looking busy.  This means that there is little free time for people to socialize. During the process of rebuilding after WWII, Japan put a lot of emphasis on productivity and work and that attitude has never really worn off.   I think there is a certain loneliness that this hostess types appeal to.  Japan has a pretty healthy and open sex industry including almost full on prostitution so a hostess bar isn't exactly a big scandal.  We had a local explain that one of the hostess bars we walked by was a place to hang out with ladies like your mother. I guess you go their if you miss your mom's company.

Japanese people keep to themselves if they don't know you. This is actually pretty awesome in some ways.  Crowds and trains are quiet and orderly.  People shut the fark up and do their stuff without blabbing about their lives for everyone else to hear.  After spending a few weeks there and coming home, I wish more Americans would act like this in public.

Being a westerner does give you a bit of leeway since you're aren't expected to know the rules.  You can try to talk to just about anyone. There are plenty of people that know enough English that it's not that hard to find someone to chat with.  If you are bugging someone, they will just ignore you and pretend like you're not there.  There are also pubs and expat bars where the locals come to watch the westerners in the native element.   Not uncommon to find Japanese woman looking for western guys here. I was at a bar in Yokohama where is I saw 4 American military types headed for the door flagged down by 2 Japanese woman asking them to join them at their table.  There is no doubt in my mine that 2-4 of those guys got laid that night though no fault of their own.
 
2014-05-09 10:39:39 AM

hasty ambush: ExperianScaresCthulhu: "Your move Michelle"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2622999/Celebrities-join-cam pa ign-bring-kidnapped-Nigerian-girls.html

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x416]


I think the FLOTUS of the free world has already found a slightly more pressing issue to stomp for.  But that's just me.

And an effective way of addressing the issue also, almost as effective as her husband's red lines.


Maybe you can explain why people are so mad at this? I saw some crazy shiat on facebook about it and just don't get it.
 
2014-05-09 10:43:40 AM

Mercutio74: someonelse: bigpeeler: Errk: She's way hotter than Michelle.

Her husband is even hotter than Michelle.

[img.fark.net image 252x315]

Whatever works for you, man.

Here's a more recent pic...


That I can understand. Got a thing for Oldman.
 
2014-05-09 10:46:31 AM

Greymalkin: ExperianScaresCthulhu: "Your move Michelle"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2622999/Celebrities-join-cam pa ign-bring-kidnapped-Nigerian-girls.html

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x416]


I think the FLOTUS of the free world has already found a slightly more pressing issue to stomp for.  But that's just me.

Even we assume Boko Haram is hitting up twitter every day to see what the world is saying about them, I am quietly confident that listening to the opinions of educated uncovered women is not something that they do.

Y'know based on their previous stated intentions and considerations with the kidnapping and selling 200 school girls into slavery.

So whilst I am certainly not saying it is an unimportant issue, the Japanese PM's wife showing up to a pride parade actually is more likely to have some effect on the opinions and behaviour of others than Michelle hashtagging.


That photo is not directed towards Boko Haram.  It's directed towards the Nigerian government, it's directed towards the worried parents (the First Lady is standing with the women who were arrested for complaining to the Nigerian First Lady for not enough being done), it's directed towards the world court and the media, and it's directed towards those poor young ladies themselves to show that someone is thinking about them.

It's even directed towards us, the United States, and towards her very husband.

She's making a statement.  Is that not what you ask of the First Lady?

It appears, once again, that no matter what Michelle and Barack do, it's never enough.  At least, it's never enough for a certain class of liberals.  You remind me of the woman who interrupted Michelle while she was making a speech about the needs of our children, and our girls being educated.  Michelle was the invited guest of an affluent pair of lesbians.  The heckler paid her way in, making her also a guest but not an invited speaker.  The heckler didn't care about what Barack and Michelle had already done and said in support of LGBT rights, she just cared that her pet issue wasn't immediately being addressed now this moment in the way she wanted it.

So that headline reminded me of that, and offended me in the same way.  It's never enough, for those who want Michelle and Barack to dance to their tune, and only their tune, in the steps they demand.

But whatever.

Is it true that the when the US originally offere support, the Nigerian government rebuffed us in the same way Bush originally rebuffed world help during Katrina?  Are there any Nigerians who post here at Fark, or did everyone run away to Reddit?

Are the people and fathers of Nigeria organizing to rescue the girls themselves, since the military isn't?  Or are there not enough guns?
 
2014-05-09 10:49:03 AM

BarryTheMasterOfSandwich: spongeboob: Why would Michelle want to march in Tokyo?  And can you imagine how much that would cost the US taxpayers?


270 million dollars a day, according to Fox News.


When did it go down?
 
2014-05-09 10:55:27 AM
universalfreepress.com
 
2014-05-09 11:03:57 AM

Paris1127: FatherChaos: She also believes she's been visited by aliens and knew Tom Cruise in a former life.

I think you're thinking of Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of the PM from 2009-2010...


You're right.  Thought that after I'd already posted the comment.  For some reason, I can't get used to Abe being prime minister after he quit last time.
 
2014-05-09 11:07:08 AM
She has that MILFy JILFy look really going for her.

s.wsj.net
 
2014-05-09 11:11:17 AM

Brick-House: [universalfreepress.com image 450x492]


Well, that got really racist. You should look into Western beauty standards and why they privilege white bodies. Or continue being an idiot and an asshole, I guess.
 
2014-05-09 11:18:11 AM

Cynicism101: Brick-House: [universalfreepress.com image 450x492]

Well, that got really racist. You should look into Western beauty standards and why they privilege white bodies. Or continue being an idiot and an asshole, I guess.


It is also a photoshop for what it is worth.
 
2014-05-09 11:40:42 AM

FatherChaos: Paris1127: FatherChaos: She also believes she's been visited by aliens and knew Tom Cruise in a former life.

I think you're thinking of Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of the PM from 2009-2010...

You're right.  Thought that after I'd already posted the comment.  For some reason, I can't get used to Abe being prime minister after he quit last time.


I don't really follow Japanese politics, but I agree about Abe's return. I mean, it's only been 5 years since he first left office, but it feels like a lifetime ago. The Tohoku disaster and Fukushima crisis probably has something to do with my perception of time with regard to Japanese politics.
 
2014-05-09 12:26:12 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: It appears, once again, that no matter what Michelle and Barack do

es, it's never enough.

Obama's expertise is in campaigning and the related skill of turning the government bureaucracies against opponents. Beyond that, he is incompetent.

Past that, what he does will never be enough for any leftist or right-winger, in any area.This is because he holds an office so far above his experience that he can only mentally check out, if he's not acting ham-fistedly. Note the endless reports about Obama being disengaged and bored. It's not because he's too smart for it all, it's because he's not up to the task, and engagement would make it plain to others, and even worse, to himself.

Michelle? She's living high on the hog because she can. Taxpayers fund her jaunts, with the girls and Michelle's friends in tow as 'staff.'
 
2014-05-09 12:28:25 PM

Cynicism101: Brick-House: [universalfreepress.com image 450x492]

Well, that got really racist. You should look into Western beauty standards and why they privilege white bodies. Or continue being an idiot and an asshole, I guess.


So let me get this straight... the fact that MO has a big ass is now considered racists. Got It.

Also on the list of things racists are:

The fact that I have Bananas in the house
The fact that I own a house
I am about to have some lunch
I have a Grey SUV -- Not Black/Not White but Grey
Disagreeing with anything Obama proposes
Believing in the Constitution!

I'm going to cut my list short because I am hungry. But here's the problem. The word "Racists" no longer carries any weight. You libtards have watered it down so much, that it is meaningless.  In fact, I am not sure you even know what the word is supposed to mean anymore.  One day you will wake up and realize that this has nothing to do with the color of his skin or the fatness of her ass, but the control they (the federal government) are exercising over every aspect of our lives.

and yes, the word Wide Load was photo shopped on to MOs ass, but it is still big.

Un Photo Shopped Version

pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-05-09 12:31:03 PM

dfenstrate: ExperianScaresCthulhu: It appears, once again, that no matter what Michelle and Barack does, it's never enough.

Obama's expertise is in campaigning and the related skill of turning the government bureaucracies against opponents. Beyond that, he is incompetent.

Past that, what he does will never be enough for any leftist or right-winger, in any area.This is because he holds an office so far above his experience that he can only mentally check out, if he's not acting ham-fistedly. Note the endless reports about Obama being disengaged and bored. It's not because he's too smart for it all, it's because he's not up to the task, and engagement would make it plain to others, and even worse, to himself.

Michelle? She's living high on the hog because she can. Taxpayers fund her jaunts, with the girls and Michelle's friends in tow as 'staff.'


images.sodahead.com
 
2014-05-09 12:42:47 PM

Brick-House: Cynicism101: Brick-House: [universalfreepress.com image 450x492]

Well, that got really racist. You should look into Western beauty standards and why they privilege white bodies. Or continue being an idiot and an asshole, I guess.

So let me get this straight... the fact that MO has a big ass is now considered racists. Got It.

Also on the list of things racists are:

The fact that I have Bananas in the house
The fact that I own a house
I am about to have some lunch
I have a Grey SUV -- Not Black/Not White but Grey
Disagreeing with anything Obama proposes
Believing in the Constitution!

I'm going to cut my list short because I am hungry. But here's the problem. The word "Racists" no longer carries any weight. You libtards have watered it down so much, that it is meaningless.  In fact, I am not sure you even know what the word is supposed to mean anymore.  One day you will wake up and realize that this has nothing to do with the color of his skin or the fatness of her ass, but the control they (the federal government) are exercising over every aspect of our lives.

and yes, the word Wide Load was photo shopped on to MOs ass, but it is still big.

Un Photo Shopped Version

[pbs.twimg.com image 400x400]


Try again.  She wasn't even there in that dress.
 
2014-05-09 12:54:02 PM
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2014-05-09 01:04:39 PM
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2014-05-09 01:06:26 PM

sufferpuppet: [img.fark.net image 850x566]


Oh, dear god, her staff didn't consider the potential for the abuse of this image, did they? This should be fun.
 
2014-05-09 01:16:27 PM
I'm surprised.  Largely because her husband is far-right and Japan doesn't even recognize civil unions, and the current administration won't be changing that.
 
2014-05-09 01:21:15 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: sufferpuppet: [img.fark.net image 850x566]

Oh, dear god, her staff didn't consider the potential for the abuse of this image, did they? This should be fun.


Yeah, the possibilities are endless....
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