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The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, retired 4 star admiral Harry Harris (appointed by Trump a couple of years ago), has recently grown a mustache, which has become a flashpoint in South Korea.

Harris is half-Japanese and many personages in Imperial Japan during the era when Japan ruled Korea, 1910-1945, such as Hirohito, Tojo, and almost all Japanese governor-generals of Korea, wore mustaches. Of course, being half-white, Harris’s mustache is more impressive than that of most of these Japanese figures.

From CNN:

Racism, history and politics: Why South Koreans are flipping out over a US ambassador’s mustache

By Joshua Berlinger, CNN

Updated 1604 GMT (0004 HKT) January 17, 2020

(CNN) It might just be the most bizarre criticism of a US ambassador in recent memory.

Harry Harris, Washington’s envoy to South Korea, has been subjected to heated vitriol on social media and by anonymous netizens for his mustache.

That small piece of facial hair has, as Harris put it, “for some reason become a point of some fascination here in the media.”

“If you watch social media it’s all out there,” Harris, the former head of US Pacific Forces, told a group of foreign reporters Thursday.

On the surface, the critiques border on ridiculousness. It’s just a small patch of hair.

But Harris’ ‘stache has sparked discussions on topics much bigger than the ambassador himself: the still-raw emotions among many Koreans about the legacy of Japanese occupation; the prevalence of racism in such a homogenous society; and cracks appearing in the future of the decades-old alliance between Seoul and Washington as the two sides attempt to reach a deal on how to cover the cost of US troops stationed in South Korea, amid reports that President Donald Trump demanded a 400% pay increase.

I once got a randomly dialed abusive phone call from South Korea blaming a Nippo-American conspiracy after Apolo Anton Ohno edged out a South Korean skater for a short track speed skating medal in a Winter Olympics. Generally, short track speed skating races would always end with everybody falling down and the South Koreans failing to finish while the American Ohno would sneak his skate across the finish line for a medal.

The gist of the criticism is that with the mustache, Harris resembles the reviled Japanese leaders who ruled the Korean Peninsula with an iron fist during the Japanese occupation.

But Harris isn’t Japanese, he’s a US citizen. And calling him out for his Japanese ancestry would almost assuredly be considered racist in the United States.

South Korea is a homogenous society without racial diversity like the United States. The CIA World Factbook doesn’t even list other ethnic groups living in South Korea on the country’s page, instead just referring to the country as “homogenous.” Mixed-race families are rare and xenophobia remains surprisingly common.

“I didn’t grow a mustache because of my Japanese heritage, because of the independence movement of Korea or even because of my dad. I grew it because I could and I thought I would and I did,” he said.

Harris explained that he grew the mustache to mark a new phase in his life, after he retired as commander of the US Pacific Fleet and began working as a diplomat.

“I couldn’t grow taller, I couldn’t grow hair on top of my head, but I could grow it on front of my head and so I did that. Nothing more nefarious than that, I wanted to have a change,” he said.

Growing facial hair allows a man to feel he’s accomplishing something every day. He may not have got much else done, but by God, he’s added another day’s growth to this mustache/beard/sideburns/whatever.

On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job.

 
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  1. A way of telling South Korea to deal with the cousins on their own?

  2. “On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job.”

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President’s inner circle should’ve clued him into the fact that maybe it’s not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who’s half-Japanese, but to appoint a Korean-American instead? Then if the dude grew a mustache it would’ve have been so big a deal.

    Harris kind of does resemble Sessue Hayakawa from Bridge on the River Kwai. Kind of.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
    No, I don't think a Korean-American would have been a good idea either. He might raise suspicions from the American side. A fully white person would be the best choice. White is the ethnic majority of the U.S., so it would be the most natural choice. A black person would not be a bad idea either.
    , @Lugash
    How about South Korea stop being such whiny little bitches who are stuck in the 1930s? The United States did, you know, remove the Japanese military from the penisula. We also prevented their cousins to the north from spreading the joys Juche in the early 1950s and continue to act as a guard for them.
    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    Imagine if Harris showed up at the embassy on his first day with sporting a fu manchu and a samurai sword.

    http://www.theplacewithnoname.com/blogs/klessons/images/shtf.gif
    , @Twinkie

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President’s inner circle should’ve clued him into the fact that maybe it’s not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who’s half-Japanese
     
    Here is what I would do if I were the God-Emperor of the United States - I would immediately apologize to the South Koreans for appointing a half-Japanese ambassador, recall him promptly, and then send a replacement who is... an American of FULL-Japanese descent.

    #powermove
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Madness!!
  3. I was gonna say shave ambassador. Or he could grow a beard. No sense rubbing it in their face. Sorry.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Obama didn't hesitate to send a gay ambassador to a nation that's not as homophilic as we are:

    James "Wally" Brewster, a Chicago businessman who has served as a National LGBT Co-Chair for the Democratic National Committee and on the Board of the Human Rights Campaign, was nominated as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on June 22, 2013.

    His nomination was greeted with hostility from the Dominican Republic’s influential religious establishment. In a press conference, the Dominican Republic’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodri­guez, referred to Brewster as a “maricona,” a derogatory term that is usually translated as “faggot.”

    Another Catholic official, Monseigneur Pablo Cedano, an auxiliary bishop of Santo Domingo, issued a veiled threat against the nominee. “I hope he does not arrive in the country because I know if he comes he is going to suffer and will have to leave,” Cedano said. He added that it was “a lack of respect” that Obama “sent … a person of this kind as an ambassador.”

    Evangelical Christians were equally inhospitable. Ex-president of the nation’s Evangelical Confraternity, Cristabal Cardozo, called the appointment “an insult to good Dominican customs” and said it is inappropriate to send such an ambassador to “a country where homosexual relationships are not approved, neither legally nor morally.”

    On November 22, 2013, Brewster was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic by Vice President Joe Biden. Just a few hours later, Brewster married his longtime partner, Bob J. Satawake. The ceremony and reception took place at the Hay-Adams Hotel, overlooking the South Lawn of the White House.

    Ambassador Brewster and his husband have persevered in a country that penalizes homosexuality and constitutionally bans same-sex marriage. They have refused to allow the hostility of homophobes to deter their commitment to equal rights.
     

    I guess the opinions of Dominicans are not very important to us.
    https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2016/08/america_s_openly_gay_ambassadors/
  4. Anon[174] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    Charles Murray’s book is coming out on the 28th. His next book will be on the history of high states poker. His wife gave him the idea, since he spends so much time in Indian and Vegas casinos playing poker. After The Bell Curve he did a book on the history of the Apollo space program, interviewing a bunch of NASA engineers, so he has a history of switching gears after a grueling project.

    Murray contacted some high stakes players on Twitter last month. These guys are mostly unselfaware high IQ Jews. They have overthought things and are spreading weird and improbable conspiracy theories about how Murray must be cooking up some sort of book about how there are no black poker players, or how hedge fund Askenazis are using poker to take over the world, or whatever.

    https://www.vip-grinders.com/haxton-warns-charles-murray-controversy/

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna

    These guys are mostly unselfaware high IQ Jews.
     
    You know, this phrase is quite redundant, but since the current topic is diplomacy I won't say how.
    , @Faraday's Bobcat

    After The Bell Curve he did a book on the history of the Apollo space program, interviewing a bunch of NASA engineers, so he has a history of switching gears after a grueling project.
     
    The Murrays' Apollo book is excellent. It contains a lot on the early manned space program when it was run out of Langley Research Center that you don't see much in other books or documentaries.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Murray's Losing Ground is an eye opening account of what LBJ's Great Society did to blacks. The black illegitimacy rate was in the 30%s in 1965; it is now north of 70%.

    https://www.amazon.com/Losing-Ground-American-Social-1950-1980/dp/0465065880
    , @Bliss

    They have overthought things and are spreading weird and improbable conspiracy theories about how Murray must be cooking up some sort of book about how there are no black poker players
     
    Meet one of the very best poker players of our era, the Tiger Woods of Poker, member of the Poker Hall of Fame, Phil Ivey:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Phil_Ivey_(2009_WSOP).jpg

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7b/Phil_Ivey_%282009_WSOP%29.jpg/1024px-Phil_Ivey_%282009_WSOP%29.jpg


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ivey

    Phillip Dennis Ivey Jr. (born February 1, 1977)[2] is an American professional poker player who has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title, and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. Ivey was at one time regarded by numerous poker observers and contemporaries as the best all-around player in the world.[3][4][5] In 2017, he was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.[6]

  5. A man with a mustache commands more respect.

    • Agree: Lot
  6. The above 2013 picture was taken from the Instagram account of Rachel Chandler.

    Rachel Chandler previously supplied girls to MC2 Modeling, which was owned and financed by Jeffrey Epstein. MC2 apparently was a front for trafficking girls to Epstein.

    According to QAnon, the above picture (from Rachel Chandler’s Instagram account) is the security footage of the rooms underneath the temple on Epstein’s island. Some believe children were being kept there.

    If you look at the pictures, you’ll see the cameras were recording activities in various bedrooms. You’ll also see pictures of adolescents (lower left-hand image on Channel 10) in one room. There are extensive stairs present in some of the images.

    If you recall, Epstein used to include hidden cameras in bedrooms and secretly record orgies that his famous guests engaged in (the recordings were used for blackmail). So if we assume this security footage was really taken from Epstein’s island, it makes sense why there were cameras in bedrooms.

    Admittedly, there’s no way to prove where the security images were taken from. However, if we assume that the images aren’t from Epstein’s island, we have to ask where the images are from. We have to ask who would put security cameras in bedrooms!

    For some reason, Rachel Chandler is friends with the Clintons. Here’s a picture of Rachel Chandler with Bill Clinton.

    • Replies: @Ash Williams

    If you recall, Epstein used to include hidden cameras in bedrooms and secretly record orgies that his famous guests engaged in (the recordings were used for blackmail).
     
    Oh c'mon... We all know Epstein was an innocent hedge fund operator who didn't know the girls giving him and his very important friends massages were underage, was falsely accused and imprisoned because of antisemitism, and in deep despair wove together dozens of paper sheets (that were accidentally left in his cell) into a Greta-style braid and then tied it to a bed and leaned forward against until it broke bones in his neck and killed himself.

    Stop spreading conspiracy theories!

    On an on topic note, this mustache is perhaps the best diplomatic troll in modern history.
  7. The South Korean ambassador to the US can retaliate by getting a really laughably bad hair transplant.

  8. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/On_Stage4/status/985597367817789441


    The above 2013 picture was taken from the Instagram account of Rachel Chandler.

    Rachel Chandler previously supplied girls to MC2 Modeling, which was owned and financed by Jeffrey Epstein. MC2 apparently was a front for trafficking girls to Epstein.

    According to QAnon, the above picture (from Rachel Chandler's Instagram account) is the security footage of the rooms underneath the temple on Epstein's island. Some believe children were being kept there.

    If you look at the pictures, you'll see the cameras were recording activities in various bedrooms. You'll also see pictures of adolescents (lower left-hand image on Channel 10) in one room. There are extensive stairs present in some of the images.

    If you recall, Epstein used to include hidden cameras in bedrooms and secretly record orgies that his famous guests engaged in (the recordings were used for blackmail). So if we assume this security footage was really taken from Epstein's island, it makes sense why there were cameras in bedrooms.

    Admittedly, there's no way to prove where the security images were taken from. However, if we assume that the images aren't from Epstein's island, we have to ask where the images are from. We have to ask who would put security cameras in bedrooms!

    For some reason, Rachel Chandler is friends with the Clintons. Here's a picture of Rachel Chandler with Bill Clinton.

    https://twitter.com/USANEWS007/status/795308471289712640

    If you recall, Epstein used to include hidden cameras in bedrooms and secretly record orgies that his famous guests engaged in (the recordings were used for blackmail).

    Oh c’mon… We all know Epstein was an innocent hedge fund operator who didn’t know the girls giving him and his very important friends massages were underage, was falsely accused and imprisoned because of antisemitism, and in deep despair wove together dozens of paper sheets (that were accidentally left in his cell) into a Greta-style braid and then tied it to a bed and leaned forward against until it broke bones in his neck and killed himself.

    Stop spreading conspiracy theories!

    On an on topic note, this mustache is perhaps the best diplomatic troll in modern history.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    It was a plank pose gone terribly wrong. #YogaWeepsForEpstein
  9. The importance of a distinctive mustache is seldom appreciated in America. Here’s a brief excerpt from The Schmeed Memoirs, by Friedrich Schmeed, the best-known barber in wartime Germany, about Adolf Hitler’s iconic mustache:

    Late in 1944, Göring grew a mustache, causing talk that he was soon to replace Hitler. Hitler was furious and accused Göring of disloyalty. “There must be only one mustache among the leaders of the Reich, and it shall be mine!” he cried. Göring argued that two mustaches might give the German people a greater sense of hope about the war, which was going poorly, but Hitler thought not.

    Then, in January of 1945, a plot by several generals to shave Hitler’s mustache in his sleep and proclaim Doenitz the new leader failed when von Stauffenberg, in the darkness of Hitler’s bedroom, shaved off one of the Führer’s eyebrows instead. A state of emergency was proclaimed, and suddenly Goebbels appeared at my shop. “An attempt was just made on the Führer’s mustache; but it was unsuccessful,” he said, trembling.

    Goebbels arranged for me to go on radio and address the German people, which I did, with a minimum of notes. “The Führer is all right,” I assured them. “He still has his mustache. Repeat. The Führer still has his mustache. A plot to shave it has failed.”

    The Schmeed Memoirs
    by Woody Allen

  10. At least it isn’t as ridiculous looking as John Bolton’s Chester the Molester mustache.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Disagree: Lot
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    Except that Bolton wears what is commonly known as a, "walrus, " mustache style.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walrus_moustache

    I wish you better luck next time.
  11. The USA needs to get out of South Korea. The Koreans are perfectly able to defend themselves.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Daniel H
    The USA needs to get out of South Korea. The Koreans are perfectly able to defend themselves.

    Absolutely. And was is this matter never brought up as a subject of policy debate.
  12. Growing facial hair allows a man to feel he’s accomplishing something every day.

    That is true of a man with no substance.

  13. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job."

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President's inner circle should've clued him into the fact that maybe it's not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who's half-Japanese, but to appoint a Korean-American instead? Then if the dude grew a mustache it would've have been so big a deal.

    Harris kind of does resemble Sessue Hayakawa from Bridge on the River Kwai. Kind of.

    No, I don’t think a Korean-American would have been a good idea either. He might raise suspicions from the American side. A fully white person would be the best choice. White is the ethnic majority of the U.S., so it would be the most natural choice. A black person would not be a bad idea either.

    • Agree: Jesse, Kevin O'Keeffe
  14. There are so many OT posts in this thread already, what’s one more?

    Not your REAL dad: If you come from poverty & live in a city good odds your family tree is full of cuckolds, says pioneering study
    https://www.rt.com/news/478634-cuckolds-cheating-western-europe/

    While we’re at it…

    I once got a randomly dialed abusive phone call from South Korea

    How do you know it was randomly dialed? Are you sure it wasn’t Twinkie?

    • LOL: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    "If you come from poverty & live in a city good odds your family tree is full of cuckolds"

    That's the underclass thesis, but how many people's forebears have been in the underclass for generations?

    It's always at the very top and very bottom of the social scale that cuckoldry was a thing.
  15. @Anon
    OT

    Charles Murray's book is coming out on the 28th. His next book will be on the history of high states poker. His wife gave him the idea, since he spends so much time in Indian and Vegas casinos playing poker. After The Bell Curve he did a book on the history of the Apollo space program, interviewing a bunch of NASA engineers, so he has a history of switching gears after a grueling project.

    Murray contacted some high stakes players on Twitter last month. These guys are mostly unselfaware high IQ Jews. They have overthought things and are spreading weird and improbable conspiracy theories about how Murray must be cooking up some sort of book about how there are no black poker players, or how hedge fund Askenazis are using poker to take over the world, or whatever.

    https://www.vip-grinders.com/haxton-warns-charles-murray-controversy/

    These guys are mostly unselfaware high IQ Jews.

    You know, this phrase is quite redundant, but since the current topic is diplomacy I won’t say how.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    I'm going to go with "guys" is redundant.
  16. Harris’s mustache isn’t more impressive than many Japanese, as can be seen at the following article:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Japanese_Army

    The Japanese themselves are effectively half basal-Caucasoid.

  17. Perhaps they would be less offended if he grew it out some more, and had a handlebar mustache. It really is an impressive mustache, though.

    • Replies: @Altai
    If you told me this was the Turkish Finance Minister I'd believe you.
  18. Shave, Ambassador, shave!
    Shave, Ambassador, shave!
    You’ve pissed off a nation;
    If seek ye salvation,
    Shave, Ambassador, shave!

    https://v637g.app.goo.gl/qC7nXG9Vch198yrZA
    (The link is a relevant video clip).

  19. Harris is a nutcase. Here’s his reaction to the the suicide of 3 prisoners when he was in charge at Guantanamo.

    Rear Adm Harris said he did not believe the men had killed themselves out of despair.

    “They are smart. They are creative, they are committed,” he said.

    “They have no regard for life, either ours or their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.”

    All three men had previously taken part in some of the mass on-and-off hunger strikes undertaken by detainees since last August, and all three had been force-fed by camp authorities.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5068606.stm

  20. The S Koreas might be upset at:

    South Korea Should Coordinate With U.S. to Avoid ‘Misunderstandings’ When Engaging North: Ambassador

    https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-01-16/south-korea-should-coordinate-with-us-to-avoid-misunderstandings-when-engaging-north-ambassador

    U.S. Wary Of North-South Korea Interaction, Warns Of Sanctions

    “The U.S. is putting South Korea on notice, and the Koreans don’t like it.”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/donaldkirk/2020/01/17/us-wary-of-north-south-korea-interaction-warns-of-sanctions/#13733bb652d4

    In other mustache name calling news:

    Pensacola shooter was ‘infuriated’ over ‘Porn Stash’ nickname
    https://nypost.com/2019/12/09/pensacola-shooter-was-infuriated-over-porn-stash-nickname-report/

  21. The CIA World Factbook doesn’t even list other ethnic groups living in South Korea on the country’s page, instead just referring to the country as “homogenous.”

    Is it the CIA or CNN that isn’t aware that the word is homogeneous, not “homogenous”?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Probably CIA, for you. You will never see so many misspellings as in old FOIA'd FBI internal documents, eg, the surveillance of James Baldwin.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Sure you're not referring to that math whiz out of Key West, Florida? I heard he was a Homo genius.
  22. @Hhsiii
    I was gonna say shave ambassador. Or he could grow a beard. No sense rubbing it in their face. Sorry.

    Obama didn’t hesitate to send a gay ambassador to a nation that’s not as homophilic as we are:

    James “Wally” Brewster, a Chicago businessman who has served as a National LGBT Co-Chair for the Democratic National Committee and on the Board of the Human Rights Campaign, was nominated as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on June 22, 2013.

    His nomination was greeted with hostility from the Dominican Republic’s influential religious establishment. In a press conference, the Dominican Republic’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodri­guez, referred to Brewster as a “maricona,” a derogatory term that is usually translated as “faggot.”

    Another Catholic official, Monseigneur Pablo Cedano, an auxiliary bishop of Santo Domingo, issued a veiled threat against the nominee. “I hope he does not arrive in the country because I know if he comes he is going to suffer and will have to leave,” Cedano said. He added that it was “a lack of respect” that Obama “sent … a person of this kind as an ambassador.”

    Evangelical Christians were equally inhospitable. Ex-president of the nation’s Evangelical Confraternity, Cristabal Cardozo, called the appointment “an insult to good Dominican customs” and said it is inappropriate to send such an ambassador to “a country where homosexual relationships are not approved, neither legally nor morally.”

    On November 22, 2013, Brewster was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic by Vice President Joe Biden. Just a few hours later, Brewster married his longtime partner, Bob J. Satawake. The ceremony and reception took place at the Hay-Adams Hotel, overlooking the South Lawn of the White House.

    Ambassador Brewster and his husband have persevered in a country that penalizes homosexuality and constitutionally bans same-sex marriage. They have refused to allow the hostility of homophobes to deter their commitment to equal rights.

    I guess the opinions of Dominicans are not very important to us.
    https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2016/08/america_s_openly_gay_ambassadors/

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Obama didn’t hesitate to send a gay ambassador to a nation that’s not as homophilic as we are:
     
    They did a ton of that during the Late Obama Collapse.

    I've seen gay Deputy Chiefs of Mission rolled out with their interracial husband in semi-formal soirees at the ambassador's mansion in North Africa.

    The locals were not amused.
  23. Harry Harris’ father was one of the sailors who escaped from the USS Lexington as it sank—after having been hit by the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Battle of the Coral Sea. He should publicize the fact. That might get him off the hook with the Koreans.

  24. @ Steve: Any retro-review of “Tombstone” – THE best Moustache-powered movie ever?

  25. I love how as America breaks apart with no greater purpose or meaning, it derives a kind of sadistic pleasure in bullying other countries for the crime of being normal countries without a population with an immigrant identity complex and roots that largely don’t extend to a time before telephones. And soon America will have a bulk of it’s population having no deeper roots than a time before Windows 3.1. Progress…

    If diversity is such a great thing, surely the tone should be pitying, yet there is a resentment in critiques of ‘homogeneous’ (A word that now carries an automatic negative connotation) nations as if they aren’t pulling their weight or being selfish in keeping their country to themselves… (Even if 90% of the time in Europe they’re like that because nobody wanted to go there because they were too poor.)

    I wonder how the situation would have been had a US ambassador to Germany shown up with a Chaplin mustache? (Or, indeed, shown up anywhere with such a mustache)

    Remember; table flipping over foreign taboos, silly. Table flipping over ‘Merican taboos, correct! Learn to think straight, like a NYT columnist, you hysterical dog-eaters!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    The CNN Asia site links to another news-bit about MSG and anti-Chinese Racism.

    What I fail to comprehend from their news material is whether 1) associating MSG with Chinese food is incorrect, ergo Racist; 2) it's OK to approve of MSG insofar as Chinese food may have it, but purely diplomatic since latter "is not scientifically supported"; 3) *not* approving of MSG is tantamount to disapproval of Chinese food, which doesn't have any of it by the way, ergo Racist; or 4) MSG has been traduced by history and ought to be added to all foods, including Chinese food lacking it, in order to better fight Racism fostered by incorrect thoughts re: the ingredient.

    The kicker is this PR campaign being sponsored by a Japanese chemical firm-- lol
    http://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/18/asia/chinese-restaurant-syndrome-msg-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
  26. @PiltdownMan
    Perhaps they would be less offended if he grew it out some more, and had a handlebar mustache. It really is an impressive mustache, though.

    https://i.imgur.com/5cTonQt.jpg

    If you told me this was the Turkish Finance Minister I’d believe you.

    • LOL: PiltdownMan
  27. Short track ice skate racing is one of the most entertaining to watch of the weird little sports that have metastasized in the Olympics. Not quite as weird as that girls gymnastics thing where little girls twirl long ribbons on the end of a stick, but almost as much fun to watch as that other weird sport, ski jumping.
    I heard that the International Olympic Committee is planning to provide something that is as entertaining as those Winter Olympics to the Summer Olympics by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein

    by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.
     
    Didn't they already do that with the absurd BMX bike racing event? About 3/4ths of the participants spill out of the gate in a collective heap and are never competative thereafter.

    The Olympics are an absolute joke. Boycott, divest, and sanction.
    , @Neuday

    Not quite as weird as that girls gymnastics thing where little girls twirl long ribbons on the end of a stick . . .
     
    That "weird" sport is called Rhythmic Gymnastics, and it's incredibly beautiful and athletic in a very feminine manner. Whenever I tire of the disgusting modern women of our fallen civilization, or when I see obese black girls fighting at a McDonalds, I queue up YouTube videos of Rhythmic Gymnastics to remind me that all is not lost.
    , @Ron Mexico
    "Winter Olympics to the Summer Olympics by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event."
    OJ could be the goodwill ambassador!
    https://youtu.be/iNCuCo-AWwE
    , @Brutusale
    Some of these "fringe" sports have some frighteningly adept athletes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ3rC5INE9I
  28. @Anon
    OT

    Charles Murray's book is coming out on the 28th. His next book will be on the history of high states poker. His wife gave him the idea, since he spends so much time in Indian and Vegas casinos playing poker. After The Bell Curve he did a book on the history of the Apollo space program, interviewing a bunch of NASA engineers, so he has a history of switching gears after a grueling project.

    Murray contacted some high stakes players on Twitter last month. These guys are mostly unselfaware high IQ Jews. They have overthought things and are spreading weird and improbable conspiracy theories about how Murray must be cooking up some sort of book about how there are no black poker players, or how hedge fund Askenazis are using poker to take over the world, or whatever.

    https://www.vip-grinders.com/haxton-warns-charles-murray-controversy/

    After The Bell Curve he did a book on the history of the Apollo space program, interviewing a bunch of NASA engineers, so he has a history of switching gears after a grueling project.

    The Murrays’ Apollo book is excellent. It contains a lot on the early manned space program when it was run out of Langley Research Center that you don’t see much in other books or documentaries.

  29. Koreans are still upset about Japanese occupation….that ended in 1945, but we in the South (CSA) are still under occupation and we’re told to get over it. Funny.

    • Replies: @Jesse
    Plenty of people are still upset about (X) period in their country's history, at least with the older generations. It's not odd.

    As for the Civil War, you need to read yourself some Hinton Rowan Helper. The Confederacy was the single worst thing to ever happen to white America. It was a good thing it was defeated and, in an ideal world, would've been stopped before it could even start destroying the racial makeup of the US.
  30. “But Harris isn’t Japanese, he’s a US citizen. ”

    Except that he is, you know, half Japanese.

  31. Perhaps it’s something deeper, a growing tiredness of US presence and influence?

  32. Twinkie, I think your insights are needed on this thread.

  33. On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job.

    Given that, isn’t it a bit odd that they chose a half-Japanese ambassador to South Korea in the first place?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Yes it is. Trump likely thought they would like him cause hes part asian. Really does resemble Tojo a bit.

    These nations, China, Korea, Japan simply have to play the waiting game and claim the riches of the new world once the entropy of mass immigration begins to really ferment into widespread decay violence chaos bankruptcy etc.
  34. @Alfa158
    Short track ice skate racing is one of the most entertaining to watch of the weird little sports that have metastasized in the Olympics. Not quite as weird as that girls gymnastics thing where little girls twirl long ribbons on the end of a stick, but almost as much fun to watch as that other weird sport, ski jumping.
    I heard that the International Olympic Committee is planning to provide something that is as entertaining as those Winter Olympics to the Summer Olympics by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.

    by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.

    Didn’t they already do that with the absurd BMX bike racing event? About 3/4ths of the participants spill out of the gate in a collective heap and are never competative thereafter.

    The Olympics are an absolute joke. Boycott, divest, and sanction.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Didn’t they already do that with the absurd BMX bike racing event?
     
    They do it with the idiotic snowboarding racing.

    My favorite episode of that was the women's race where USonian Lindsey Jacobellis was a lock for the gold and decided to show off her, "mad steez, yo," on the last jump:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWD1yVLqbpY

    "Threw away a gold medal, " is absolutely right.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsey_Jacobellis#2006_Olympics


    In televised interviews, Jacobellis initially said the grab was meant to maintain stability, but later said that "I was having fun. Snowboarding is fun; and I wanted to share my enthusiasm with the crowd".
     
    Oh honey. How stupid do you think we are?

    Future of America, folks.

    , @Anonymous
    They have short track bike racing in the Olympics now, which is what I think you're referring to. They don't spill out of the gate. There's a pacer on a moped that they follow in an organized fashion for several laps until the pacer leaves the track and then it's a mad dash for the last few laps. So the crashes tend to happen towards the final laps and finish line, when it counts. Like short track skating, it's fun to watch but feels more like sports entertainment than a proper Olympic caliber sport.
    , @Forbes

    The Olympics are an absolute joke. Boycott, divest, and sanction.
     
    Or just ignore--which takes no effort.
    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    The Olympics are the ultimate deep state weapon. Some uppity 2nd world country keeping neocons up at night? Give them the Olympics and bankrupt them outright with impossible-to-meet infrastructure demands.
  35. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job.
     
    Given that, isn't it a bit odd that they chose a half-Japanese ambassador to South Korea in the first place?

    Yes it is. Trump likely thought they would like him cause hes part asian. Really does resemble Tojo a bit.

    These nations, China, Korea, Japan simply have to play the waiting game and claim the riches of the new world once the entropy of mass immigration begins to really ferment into widespread decay violence chaos bankruptcy etc.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Trump likely wasn't involved at all.
  36. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job."

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President's inner circle should've clued him into the fact that maybe it's not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who's half-Japanese, but to appoint a Korean-American instead? Then if the dude grew a mustache it would've have been so big a deal.

    Harris kind of does resemble Sessue Hayakawa from Bridge on the River Kwai. Kind of.

    How about South Korea stop being such whiny little bitches who are stuck in the 1930s? The United States did, you know, remove the Japanese military from the penisula. We also prevented their cousins to the north from spreading the joys Juche in the early 1950s and continue to act as a guard for them.

    • Agree: Forbes
  37. Japanese are about 15% Ainu, whose menfolk are supposedly the hairiest on Earth, so possibly some Japanese men already have heavier mustaches than mainland Asian men, even without factoring in European ancestry.

  38. But Harris isn’t Japanese, he’s a US citizen. And calling him out for his Japanese ancestry…

    Yes, but Harris was born in Japan. The author is really soft-pedaling.

  39. Dersh in trouble over 45 year old quote:

  40. Koreans (and Chinese for that matter) are hypersensitive about Japan’s era of dominance over them and will play the race victim card as much as blacks or jews do. It’s mostly due to yellow fragility and attempts to further extort the Japanese for perceived historical wrongdoings

  41. (1) Who in the hell sends a half Japanese ambassador to SOUTH KOREA?! This is up (down?) there with Obama sending a half Japanese admiral into Chinese waters.

    (2) The whole point of having an ambassador is to have a nondescript representative who, on a personal level, causes no strong feelings either way in the host population. (And is somewhat liked, or at least not loathed, within the international community.)

    This guy is clearly not up to the job, and should be replaced some time in the past six months.

  42. He should say that it’s inspired by the Dirty Sanchez, not by Imperial Japan, and that the Koreans are being racist against Mexicans if they object.

    • Replies: @anon
    Obviously his mustache is inspired by Emiliano Zapata!

    https://roarmag.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Zapata.jpg
  43. I had assumed that it hysterical multi-racial America, an Israeli would made ambassador to Israel, an Iranian the ambassador to Iran, a Korean the ambassador to South Korea.

    It’s fine by me of course, but I’m surprised they don’t.

  44. @Charley Papa
    Koreans are still upset about Japanese occupation....that ended in 1945, but we in the South (CSA) are still under occupation and we're told to get over it. Funny.

    Plenty of people are still upset about (X) period in their country’s history, at least with the older generations. It’s not odd.

    As for the Civil War, you need to read yourself some Hinton Rowan Helper. The Confederacy was the single worst thing to ever happen to white America. It was a good thing it was defeated and, in an ideal world, would’ve been stopped before it could even start destroying the racial makeup of the US.

  45. @Intelligent Dasein

    by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.
     
    Didn't they already do that with the absurd BMX bike racing event? About 3/4ths of the participants spill out of the gate in a collective heap and are never competative thereafter.

    The Olympics are an absolute joke. Boycott, divest, and sanction.

    Didn’t they already do that with the absurd BMX bike racing event?

    They do it with the idiotic snowboarding racing.

    My favorite episode of that was the women’s race where USonian Lindsey Jacobellis was a lock for the gold and decided to show off her, “mad steez, yo,” on the last jump:

    “Threw away a gold medal, ” is absolutely right.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsey_Jacobellis#2006_Olympics

    In televised interviews, Jacobellis initially said the grab was meant to maintain stability, but later said that “I was having fun. Snowboarding is fun; and I wanted to share my enthusiasm with the crowd”.

    Oh honey. How stupid do you think we are?

    Future of America, folks.

  46. @Harry Baldwin
    Obama didn't hesitate to send a gay ambassador to a nation that's not as homophilic as we are:

    James "Wally" Brewster, a Chicago businessman who has served as a National LGBT Co-Chair for the Democratic National Committee and on the Board of the Human Rights Campaign, was nominated as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on June 22, 2013.

    His nomination was greeted with hostility from the Dominican Republic’s influential religious establishment. In a press conference, the Dominican Republic’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodri­guez, referred to Brewster as a “maricona,” a derogatory term that is usually translated as “faggot.”

    Another Catholic official, Monseigneur Pablo Cedano, an auxiliary bishop of Santo Domingo, issued a veiled threat against the nominee. “I hope he does not arrive in the country because I know if he comes he is going to suffer and will have to leave,” Cedano said. He added that it was “a lack of respect” that Obama “sent … a person of this kind as an ambassador.”

    Evangelical Christians were equally inhospitable. Ex-president of the nation’s Evangelical Confraternity, Cristabal Cardozo, called the appointment “an insult to good Dominican customs” and said it is inappropriate to send such an ambassador to “a country where homosexual relationships are not approved, neither legally nor morally.”

    On November 22, 2013, Brewster was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic by Vice President Joe Biden. Just a few hours later, Brewster married his longtime partner, Bob J. Satawake. The ceremony and reception took place at the Hay-Adams Hotel, overlooking the South Lawn of the White House.

    Ambassador Brewster and his husband have persevered in a country that penalizes homosexuality and constitutionally bans same-sex marriage. They have refused to allow the hostility of homophobes to deter their commitment to equal rights.
     

    I guess the opinions of Dominicans are not very important to us.
    https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2016/08/america_s_openly_gay_ambassadors/

    Obama didn’t hesitate to send a gay ambassador to a nation that’s not as homophilic as we are:

    They did a ton of that during the Late Obama Collapse.

    I’ve seen gay Deputy Chiefs of Mission rolled out with their interracial husband in semi-formal soirees at the ambassador’s mansion in North Africa.

    The locals were not amused.

  47. @prosa123
    At least it isn't as ridiculous looking as John Bolton's Chester the Molester mustache.

    Except that Bolton wears what is commonly known as a, “walrus, ” mustache style.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walrus_moustache

    I wish you better luck next time.

  48. Brilliant move to send a Japanese guy to be ambassador to Korea.

    Perfect.

    I have to agree with the comment Trump probably thought they would like an Asian ambassador.

  49. It’s pretty simple. No conspiracy. Occupy Wall Street won.

  50. If we are going to have our ambassadors actually start being diplomatic again then we can start by not sending any more gay ambassadors to countries that don’t accept open homosexuality. Almost all our ambassadors are gay, especially to countries that are anti-gay, and that has caused numerous controversies and bad relations.

    Since personally I would happy to see the US leave Korea, I am all for the guy wearing a mustache and also possibly visiting Shinto shrines on his vacation days.

  51. @Mr McKenna
    There are so many OT posts in this thread already, what's one more?

    Not your REAL dad: If you come from poverty & live in a city good odds your family tree is full of cuckolds, says pioneering study
    https://www.rt.com/news/478634-cuckolds-cheating-western-europe/
     
    While we're at it...

    I once got a randomly dialed abusive phone call from South Korea
     
    How do you know it was randomly dialed? Are you sure it wasn't Twinkie?

    “If you come from poverty & live in a city good odds your family tree is full of cuckolds”

    That’s the underclass thesis, but how many people’s forebears have been in the underclass for generations?

    It’s always at the very top and very bottom of the social scale that cuckoldry was a thing.

  52. I would not have made a half-Japanese man our Ambassador to South Korea.

    My father used to work at some high-tech firm in Silicon Valley, and they had a Japanese and a Korean employee, both of whom refused to speak to the other. They would literally hand notes to other employees, who’d then relay communications to the other party (these two guys actually needed to communicate). People found this frustrating, but they were both really good at their jobs, so it was tolerated (also it was the 90s, so people were more civilized about tolerating eccentricity).

  53. So, how does the mustache prove blacks to be inferior? I missed that part.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    They grow inferior mustaches.
  54. @Anon
    OT

    Charles Murray's book is coming out on the 28th. His next book will be on the history of high states poker. His wife gave him the idea, since he spends so much time in Indian and Vegas casinos playing poker. After The Bell Curve he did a book on the history of the Apollo space program, interviewing a bunch of NASA engineers, so he has a history of switching gears after a grueling project.

    Murray contacted some high stakes players on Twitter last month. These guys are mostly unselfaware high IQ Jews. They have overthought things and are spreading weird and improbable conspiracy theories about how Murray must be cooking up some sort of book about how there are no black poker players, or how hedge fund Askenazis are using poker to take over the world, or whatever.

    https://www.vip-grinders.com/haxton-warns-charles-murray-controversy/

    Murray’s Losing Ground is an eye opening account of what LBJ’s Great Society did to blacks. The black illegitimacy rate was in the 30%s in 1965; it is now north of 70%.

  55. @Alfa158
    Short track ice skate racing is one of the most entertaining to watch of the weird little sports that have metastasized in the Olympics. Not quite as weird as that girls gymnastics thing where little girls twirl long ribbons on the end of a stick, but almost as much fun to watch as that other weird sport, ski jumping.
    I heard that the International Olympic Committee is planning to provide something that is as entertaining as those Winter Olympics to the Summer Olympics by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.

    Not quite as weird as that girls gymnastics thing where little girls twirl long ribbons on the end of a stick . . .

    That “weird” sport is called Rhythmic Gymnastics, and it’s incredibly beautiful and athletic in a very feminine manner. Whenever I tire of the disgusting modern women of our fallen civilization, or when I see obese black girls fighting at a McDonalds, I queue up YouTube videos of Rhythmic Gymnastics to remind me that all is not lost.

  56. @Anonymous
    Yes it is. Trump likely thought they would like him cause hes part asian. Really does resemble Tojo a bit.

    These nations, China, Korea, Japan simply have to play the waiting game and claim the riches of the new world once the entropy of mass immigration begins to really ferment into widespread decay violence chaos bankruptcy etc.

    Trump likely wasn’t involved at all.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I dont know, most of the real high level Ambassadorships have gone to close friends, contacts. Id call korea upper B tier.
  57. Yang showing how its done:

  58. Anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @Altai
    I love how as America breaks apart with no greater purpose or meaning, it derives a kind of sadistic pleasure in bullying other countries for the crime of being normal countries without a population with an immigrant identity complex and roots that largely don't extend to a time before telephones. And soon America will have a bulk of it's population having no deeper roots than a time before Windows 3.1. Progress...

    If diversity is such a great thing, surely the tone should be pitying, yet there is a resentment in critiques of 'homogeneous' (A word that now carries an automatic negative connotation) nations as if they aren't pulling their weight or being selfish in keeping their country to themselves... (Even if 90% of the time in Europe they're like that because nobody wanted to go there because they were too poor.)

    I wonder how the situation would have been had a US ambassador to Germany shown up with a Chaplin mustache? (Or, indeed, shown up anywhere with such a mustache)

    Remember; table flipping over foreign taboos, silly. Table flipping over 'Merican taboos, correct! Learn to think straight, like a NYT columnist, you hysterical dog-eaters!

    The CNN Asia site links to another news-bit about MSG and anti-Chinese Racism.

    What I fail to comprehend from their news material is whether 1) associating MSG with Chinese food is incorrect, ergo Racist; 2) it’s OK to approve of MSG insofar as Chinese food may have it, but purely diplomatic since latter “is not scientifically supported”; 3) *not* approving of MSG is tantamount to disapproval of Chinese food, which doesn’t have any of it by the way, ergo Racist; or 4) MSG has been traduced by history and ought to be added to all foods, including Chinese food lacking it, in order to better fight Racism fostered by incorrect thoughts re: the ingredient.

    The kicker is this PR campaign being sponsored by a Japanese chemical firm– lol
    http://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/18/asia/chinese-restaurant-syndrome-msg-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

  59. He has the facial expression of George W Bush.

    On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job.

    President Bucaram of Ecuador didn’t raise much of a fuss with his “offensive” mustache. But then, few people know or care about Ecuador. Bucaram Jr goes for a standard Satanic goatee.

    Generally, short track speed skating races would always end with everybody falling down and the South Koreans failing to finish while the American Ohno would sneak his skate across the finish line for a medal.

    And this differs from ice hockey in that…?

    Growing facial hair allows a man to feel he’s accomplishing something every day. He may not have got much else done, but by God

    Really. Had God wanted men to wear beards, he’d have given them facial hair.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I realized that when traveling in Guatemala once and looking at the Embassy row residences of New Zealand and Belgium. Those roles are probably the best jobs in the world. Very little pressure, big palatial residence and parties every week. Live in the warm weather, big staff both domestic and administrative.

    It's a slice of heaven really.


    Belgian ambassador to Costa Rica. ( just pitch the chocolate and beer Louis, have some fun )
  60. @Desiderius
    Trump likely wasn't involved at all.

    I dont know, most of the real high level Ambassadorships have gone to close friends, contacts. Id call korea upper B tier.

  61. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar
    He has the facial expression of George W Bush.

    On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job.
     
    President Bucaram of Ecuador didn't raise much of a fuss with his "offensive" mustache. But then, few people know or care about Ecuador. Bucaram Jr goes for a standard Satanic goatee.


    https://enacademic.com/pictures/enwiki/53/59-1.jpg

    https://elpolitico.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/dalo-bucaram.jpg

    Generally, short track speed skating races would always end with everybody falling down and the South Koreans failing to finish while the American Ohno would sneak his skate across the finish line for a medal.
     
    And this differs from ice hockey in that...?

    Growing facial hair allows a man to feel he’s accomplishing something every day. He may not have got much else done, but by God...
     
    Really. Had God wanted men to wear beards, he'd have given them facial hair.



    https://static.accessonline.com/uploads/152157.jpg


    https://static.accessonline.com/uploads/153662.jpg

    I realized that when traveling in Guatemala once and looking at the Embassy row residences of New Zealand and Belgium. Those roles are probably the best jobs in the world. Very little pressure, big palatial residence and parties every week. Live in the warm weather, big staff both domestic and administrative.

    It’s a slice of heaven really.

    Belgian ambassador to Costa Rica. ( just pitch the chocolate and beer Louis, have some fun )

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    In general, diplomatic jobs in the foreign services of most large, peaceful, high-income nations that mind their own business is a career-long series of extended overseas holidays with a government pension at the end—as long as (these days) your spouse doesn't mind giving up any earning potential and tagging along with you. It's an old-fashioned proposition.
  62. Trump’s presidency has been more invested in the Korean peninsula than any administration since Truman and Eisenhower. His foreign policy legacy will thus be judged to a greater degree on Korea than Obama or W. was (even though N. Korea managed to spike a Hollywood movie and forced Bill Clinton to go take photos with them against his will).

    So I don’t know if this is going to require Trump to step in and assert something. It’s not like it’s Luxembourg or the Dutch Antilles.

  63. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.
     
    Didn't they already do that with the absurd BMX bike racing event? About 3/4ths of the participants spill out of the gate in a collective heap and are never competative thereafter.

    The Olympics are an absolute joke. Boycott, divest, and sanction.

    They have short track bike racing in the Olympics now, which is what I think you’re referring to. They don’t spill out of the gate. There’s a pacer on a moped that they follow in an organized fashion for several laps until the pacer leaves the track and then it’s a mad dash for the last few laps. So the crashes tend to happen towards the final laps and finish line, when it counts. Like short track skating, it’s fun to watch but feels more like sports entertainment than a proper Olympic caliber sport.

    • Replies: @sb
    That's the kieran
    It originated in Japan
  64. This is why you defend free speech for “Nazis,” boomers:

    French author Renaud Camus sentenced to jail for two months and fined €3,500 for writing a book criticizing Islamization.

    http://www.adoxa.info/renaud-camus-condamne-a-2-mois-de-prison-avec-sursis-et-3-600-euros-damende-pour-delit-dopinion

    The term “replacement” appears in government organizational documents and is only criminal when used critically.

    An anon flying French colors claims:

    France is the most undemocratic Western European country.
    The current government just passed a bill excluding the votes of people living in [municipalities with a population under nine thousand] from the national results, knowing that only the countryside votes for the [National Front].

    Just like Virginia, which is changing its presidential and gubernatorial election procedures to effectively erase most of the commonwealth.

  65. @Intelligent Dasein

    by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.
     
    Didn't they already do that with the absurd BMX bike racing event? About 3/4ths of the participants spill out of the gate in a collective heap and are never competative thereafter.

    The Olympics are an absolute joke. Boycott, divest, and sanction.

    The Olympics are an absolute joke. Boycott, divest, and sanction.

    Or just ignore–which takes no effort.

  66. South Korea’s flag was literally designed by and imposed by its Japanese overlords during occupation. Is there any Korean discussion of ditching it for something less colonial? If not, what can the problem be with a guy of whatever ancestry from your strongest and most generous ally?

  67. @Harry Baldwin
    The CIA World Factbook doesn’t even list other ethnic groups living in South Korea on the country’s page, instead just referring to the country as “homogenous.”

    Is it the CIA or CNN that isn't aware that the word is homogeneous, not "homogenous"?

    Probably CIA, for you. You will never see so many misspellings as in old FOIA’d FBI internal documents, eg, the surveillance of James Baldwin.

  68. They are mad because he wont give the comfort women mustache rides.
    Only chumps give their comfort women mustache rides.
    Deal with it Korea.

  69. @Moses
    The USA needs to get out of South Korea. The Koreans are perfectly able to defend themselves.

    The USA needs to get out of South Korea. The Koreans are perfectly able to defend themselves.

    Absolutely. And was is this matter never brought up as a subject of policy debate.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Just to stay off-topic here, there are 23 1/2 THOUSAND US soldiers, sailors, and airmen in S. Korea. Divide that number by 1,900 miles of US/Mexico border (1,900 is actually overkill because there are impassable portions), and you get over 12 people per mile. In 12 hours shifts, with 2 out on sick/vacation and 5-day work-weeks, that's conservatively 3 people on-shift per mile. Could 3 military types not patrol one mile of fence from a half-way point, with cameras galore? They would not be armed and trained North Koreans either. It's kid stuff.

    Not only that, but would it not be cheaper to support these 23 1/2 thousand people on the US southern border than 6,000 miles away in Korea?

    Just some off-topic food for thought, is all ...
  70. It is deliberate and directed at China and its Cat’s Paw of North Korea. Or maybe the Admiral is trying to emulate


    BURNS together with George Tenet was instrumental in forcing through the short-lived Israeli-Palestinian cease fire agreement of June 2001.[3][4] He played a leading role in the elimination of Libya’s illicit weapons program, and the secret bilateral channel with the Iranians that led to a historic interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1.[5] He also played a major role in efforts to re-set relations with Russia early in the Obama Administration and in the strengthening of the strategic partnership with India. Secretary of State John Kerry lauded his “quiet, head-down, get-it-done diplomacy”, stating that it had earned him the trust of both Republican and Democratic administrations; The Atlantic called him a “secret diplomatic weapon” deployed against some of the United States’ thorniest foreign policy challenges

  71. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job."

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President's inner circle should've clued him into the fact that maybe it's not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who's half-Japanese, but to appoint a Korean-American instead? Then if the dude grew a mustache it would've have been so big a deal.

    Harris kind of does resemble Sessue Hayakawa from Bridge on the River Kwai. Kind of.

    Imagine if Harris showed up at the embassy on his first day with sporting a fu manchu and a samurai sword.

  72. @Intelligent Dasein

    by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.
     
    Didn't they already do that with the absurd BMX bike racing event? About 3/4ths of the participants spill out of the gate in a collective heap and are never competative thereafter.

    The Olympics are an absolute joke. Boycott, divest, and sanction.

    The Olympics are the ultimate deep state weapon. Some uppity 2nd world country keeping neocons up at night? Give them the Olympics and bankrupt them outright with impossible-to-meet infrastructure demands.

  73. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job."

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President's inner circle should've clued him into the fact that maybe it's not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who's half-Japanese, but to appoint a Korean-American instead? Then if the dude grew a mustache it would've have been so big a deal.

    Harris kind of does resemble Sessue Hayakawa from Bridge on the River Kwai. Kind of.

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President’s inner circle should’ve clued him into the fact that maybe it’s not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who’s half-Japanese

    Here is what I would do if I were the God-Emperor of the United States – I would immediately apologize to the South Koreans for appointing a half-Japanese ambassador, recall him promptly, and then send a replacement who is… an American of FULL-Japanese descent.

    #powermove

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • LOL: Alden
    • Troll: Blinky Bill
    • Replies: @anon
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/p81cyVW3G60/hqdefault.jpg
    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/67/Pat_Morita.jpg/170px-Pat_Morita.jpg

    Checkmate?

  74. “On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job.”

    And once you get the grievance, then as irritating as it may be — so be it. And his conduct should follow suit. He can swagger the swag after his tenure.

    • Agree: AKAHorace
  75. @Mr McKenna

    These guys are mostly unselfaware high IQ Jews.
     
    You know, this phrase is quite redundant, but since the current topic is diplomacy I won't say how.

    I’m going to go with “guys” is redundant.

  76. @Twinkie

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President’s inner circle should’ve clued him into the fact that maybe it’s not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who’s half-Japanese
     
    Here is what I would do if I were the God-Emperor of the United States - I would immediately apologize to the South Koreans for appointing a half-Japanese ambassador, recall him promptly, and then send a replacement who is... an American of FULL-Japanese descent.

    #powermove

  77. @Twinkie

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President’s inner circle should’ve clued him into the fact that maybe it’s not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who’s half-Japanese
     
    Here is what I would do if I were the God-Emperor of the United States - I would immediately apologize to the South Koreans for appointing a half-Japanese ambassador, recall him promptly, and then send a replacement who is... an American of FULL-Japanese descent.

    #powermove


    Checkmate?

  78. Anon[406] • Disclaimer says:

    Incidentally, when did you get rid of your moustache and beard, Steve? That was sort of your trademark on your old iSteve.com site. You had an impressive thick beard and stache. This was back in the 90s and 2000s, when facial hair wasn’t really that popular. From the pictures you’ve posted over the past decade or so, it seems like you stopped having the beard about a decade ago, just as facial hair was becoming fashionable again. Do you try to go against trends deliberately, or did it just happen that way?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Basically, a lot of random decision-making based on whims, e.g., I went somewhere for a month and forgot to take my razor along so I didn't shave so then I decided when I got back to let the beard grow. Maybe people would think I was a wise man if I had a Charles Darwin length sage's beard. But it stopped growing short of sage length so I cut it off.

    Like I said, growing facial hair means every day is a day of accomplishment.

  79. @Anon
    Incidentally, when did you get rid of your moustache and beard, Steve? That was sort of your trademark on your old iSteve.com site. You had an impressive thick beard and stache. This was back in the 90s and 2000s, when facial hair wasn't really that popular. From the pictures you've posted over the past decade or so, it seems like you stopped having the beard about a decade ago, just as facial hair was becoming fashionable again. Do you try to go against trends deliberately, or did it just happen that way?

    Basically, a lot of random decision-making based on whims, e.g., I went somewhere for a month and forgot to take my razor along so I didn’t shave so then I decided when I got back to let the beard grow. Maybe people would think I was a wise man if I had a Charles Darwin length sage’s beard. But it stopped growing short of sage length so I cut it off.

    Like I said, growing facial hair means every day is a day of accomplishment.

  80. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    What irony.

    South Koreans, as yellow toadies of the US empire, bitch and whine about another yellow(or half-yellow) toady of the US empire. Two dogs barking at each other before their master.

    This takes ‘seeing the trees but not the forest’ up a notch. Seeing the mustache on the puppet but not the strings. And all this talk of Japanese colonization while their country continues to be colonized and transformed by globalist empire, the US whose sanctions make life miserable in the North.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke

    South Koreans, as yellow toadies of the US empire, bitch and whine about another yellow(or half-yellow) toady of the US empire. Two dogs barking at each other before their master.
     
    Far better than being actual provinces of the Chinese empire. If, all those years ago, the Japanese had held their fire and merely contented themselves with transforming the Chinese into good Japanese, you'd be fulminating against Uncle Sam in Japanese today. Talk about the road not taken.
  81. 83 comments and no Jimmy Buffett music? Am I the only Parrothead on all of iSteve?!

    Come on, guys!

    Is he a great songwriter or what?:

    Now they make new movies in old black and white,
    with happy endings, where nobody fights
    So if you find yourself in that nostalgic rage,
    honey, jump right up and show your age.

    Chorus:
    I wish I had a pencil thin mustache,
    the Boston blackie kind,
    A two toned Ricky Ricardo jacket
    and an autographed picture of Andy Devine.

    I remember being buck-toothed and skinny,
    writin’ fan letters to Sky King and Penny.
    Oh I wish I had a pencil thin mustache.
    Then I could solve some mysteries too.

    Then it’s Bandstand, Disneyland, growin up fast,
    drinkin’ on a fake I. D.
    Yeah, and Ramo of the jungle was everyones bawana,
    but only jazz musicians were smokin marijuana.
    Yeah, I wish I had a pencil thin mustache.
    Then I could solve some mysteries too.

    Then it’s flat top, dirty bob, coppin a feel,
    grubbin on the livin room floor (so sore).
    Yeah, they send you off to college, try to gain a little knowledge,
    but all you want to do is learn how to score.

    Yeah, but now I’m gettin old, don’t wear underwear.
    I don’t go to church, and I don’t cut my hair.
    But I can go to movies and see it all there,
    just the way that it used to be.

    [Chorus]

    Oh, I could be anyone I wanted to be,
    maybe suave Errol flynn or the Sheik of Araby.
    If I only had a pencil thin mustache,
    then I could do some cruisin’ too.

    Yeah, bryl-cream, a little dabll do yah.
    Oh, I could do some cruisin too.

  82. The Japanese are more hirsute than you think. Here’s Baron Ito Hirobumi, former Imperial Governor of Korea.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/MH6FLuhwHH6392Jw9

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    The Japanese men are noticeable more hirsute than Chinese men are. Gillette ads are a thing in Japan. AFAIK, shaving products are not advertised much in China.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO-s81MUmj8
  83. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "On the other hand, the job of an ambassador is political not meritocratic, so being sensitive to local sensitivities is an important part of the job."

    So if sensitivities are important in the diplomatic realm, maybe the President's inner circle should've clued him into the fact that maybe it's not so good an idea to appoint to South Korea a US citizen who's half-Japanese, but to appoint a Korean-American instead? Then if the dude grew a mustache it would've have been so big a deal.

    Harris kind of does resemble Sessue Hayakawa from Bridge on the River Kwai. Kind of.

    Madness!!

  84. @Harry Baldwin
    The CIA World Factbook doesn’t even list other ethnic groups living in South Korea on the country’s page, instead just referring to the country as “homogenous.”

    Is it the CIA or CNN that isn't aware that the word is homogeneous, not "homogenous"?

    Sure you’re not referring to that math whiz out of Key West, Florida? I heard he was a Homo genius.

  85. South Korea is a homogenous society without racial diversity like the United States. The CIA World Factbook doesn’t even list other ethnic groups living in South Korea on the country’s page, instead just referring to the country as “homogenous.” Mixed-race families are rare and xenophobia remains surprisingly common.

    God bless them, if only, if only…

    But Harris isn’t Japanese, he’s a US citizen. And calling him out for his Japanese ancestry would almost assuredly be considered racist in the United States.

    Koreans who don’t like Japanese are no more racist than Poles who don’t like Germans, think about it. And Gooks have a justifiable and fairly recent cause to dislike Japs. Same with the Polacks and Krauts, but that’s not racism, both sets of antagonists are the same race.

    Also, I suspect from the picture of the “ambassador” that he’s just a trolling Jap douchebag.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I was pressured to take Spanish (which I had no interest in) in school rather than Russian or German, which I did have an interest in. Ostensibly because it "was easier", but really because my mother was Polish and hated German and Russian equally. She was also the reason why my father exploded when I evinced an interest in the Jewess who was a champion swimmer at my high school and later became the leading weatherperson on tv in that town for some years. Dad wasn't thrilled but she disliked Jews even more than Germans or Russians.

    Not as individuals, but as groups, feeling that Russians, Germans and Jews all had it in for ethnic Poles. She had Jewish friends, or at least friendly acquaintances, but her son marrying one was something she regarded with the same horror she would have had for a son marrying a black or turning to bestiality or homosexuality.

    It later transpired she was a discreet lesbian, and like so many other lesbians had breast cancer. The chemo and radiation were pretty rough on her.
  86. @Anonymous
    He should say that it's inspired by the Dirty Sanchez, not by Imperial Japan, and that the Koreans are being racist against Mexicans if they object.

    Obviously his mustache is inspired by Emiliano Zapata!

  87. @Daniel H
    The USA needs to get out of South Korea. The Koreans are perfectly able to defend themselves.

    Absolutely. And was is this matter never brought up as a subject of policy debate.

    Just to stay off-topic here, there are 23 1/2 THOUSAND US soldiers, sailors, and airmen in S. Korea. Divide that number by 1,900 miles of US/Mexico border (1,900 is actually overkill because there are impassable portions), and you get over 12 people per mile. In 12 hours shifts, with 2 out on sick/vacation and 5-day work-weeks, that’s conservatively 3 people on-shift per mile. Could 3 military types not patrol one mile of fence from a half-way point, with cameras galore? They would not be armed and trained North Koreans either. It’s kid stuff.

    Not only that, but would it not be cheaper to support these 23 1/2 thousand people on the US southern border than 6,000 miles away in Korea?

    Just some off-topic food for thought, is all …

    • Agree: Alden
    • Thanks: HammerJack
  88. Anonymous[362] • Disclaimer says:

    Harris should be careful. Being ambassador to South Korea is dangerous. The US ambassador to South Korea before Harris, Mark Lippert, was attacked by a pro-North Korean blogger and activist with a knife. Lippert’s face was slashed pretty badly. The attacker had previously hurled chunks of concrete at the Japanese ambassador to South Korea, although he missed and struck the translator instead.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/world/asia/us-ambassador-to-south-korea-hospitalized-after-attack.html

    The United States ambassador to South Korea, Mark W. Lippert, was attacked Thursday morning by a knife-wielding man who said he opposed joint American-South Korean military exercises, according to the South Korean police and journalists who were at the scene.

    Mr. Lippert was in stable condition after undergoing surgery for knife wounds on his face and left arm, said Robert W. Ogburn, minister-counselor for public affairs at the American Embassy. The ambassador suffered a four-inch cut on the right side of his face, which required 80 stitches, as well as stab wounds to his left arm and hand, which he appeared to have received while resisting the attack, said doctors at Yonsei University’s Severance Hospital in Seoul.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/03/05/the-radical-slasher-activist-who-attacked-u-s-ambassador-mark-lippert/

    This was far from Kim’s first act. The activist, who led a Seoul-based group dedicated to unification, reportedly tried to self-immolate with gasoline in 2007 when protesting in front of the presidential Blue House. According to reports, he wanted the government to look into an alleged rape that happened in his office in 1988.

    Then in 2010, he was behind an attack on a foreign ambassador when he threw pieces of concrete at Japanese envoy Toshinori Shigeie. At the time, the Korea Joongang Daily reported that, during a question-and-answer session featuring the Japanese diplomat, Kim became very agitated. He blamed the divided Korea on Japan and, screaming, pulled a piece of concrete from a paper bag. Then he hurled it at the ambassador and missed. Instead, he struck the ambassador’s translator, who was taken to the hospital.

    For the attack, he got two years in prison and three years of probation. Months after he got out of prison, Kim, who intelligence officials said traveled to North Korea numerous times to plant trees, constructed in downtown Seoul a “memorial altar” for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who had just died.

    Meanwhile, he tended to his blog. He recently became more obsessed with the close relationship between South Korea and the United States, Yonhap reported. On Tuesday, the day before the attack, he criticized joint military drills. He condemned them as “the reasons why the reunion between family members [separated by the 1950-53 Korean War] couldn’t take place.”

  89. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Laurence Whelk

    South Korea is a homogenous society without racial diversity like the United States. The CIA World Factbook doesn’t even list other ethnic groups living in South Korea on the country’s page, instead just referring to the country as “homogenous.” Mixed-race families are rare and xenophobia remains surprisingly common.
     
    God bless them, if only, if only...

    But Harris isn’t Japanese, he’s a US citizen. And calling him out for his Japanese ancestry would almost assuredly be considered racist in the United States.
     
    Koreans who don’t like Japanese are no more racist than Poles who don’t like Germans, think about it. And Gooks have a justifiable and fairly recent cause to dislike Japs. Same with the Polacks and Krauts, but that’s not racism, both sets of antagonists are the same race.

    Also, I suspect from the picture of the “ambassador” that he’s just a trolling Jap douchebag.

    I was pressured to take Spanish (which I had no interest in) in school rather than Russian or German, which I did have an interest in. Ostensibly because it “was easier”, but really because my mother was Polish and hated German and Russian equally. She was also the reason why my father exploded when I evinced an interest in the Jewess who was a champion swimmer at my high school and later became the leading weatherperson on tv in that town for some years. Dad wasn’t thrilled but she disliked Jews even more than Germans or Russians.

    Not as individuals, but as groups, feeling that Russians, Germans and Jews all had it in for ethnic Poles. She had Jewish friends, or at least friendly acquaintances, but her son marrying one was something she regarded with the same horror she would have had for a son marrying a black or turning to bestiality or homosexuality.

    It later transpired she was a discreet lesbian, and like so many other lesbians had breast cancer. The chemo and radiation were pretty rough on her.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    >high school Jewess
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon raises an eyebrow, enlarges his eyes and suppresses a grin]
    >parental conflict
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon releases the grin and leans back with involuntary head nodding as his pupils dilate]
    >champion swimmer
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon, his eyes obsidian marbles, allows his jaw to fall loose, and begins vibrating]
    >weathergirl
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon knocks his folding chair backward but does not fall because he is now levitating]
    >lesbian
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon achieves Buddha consciousness and his material body effervesces instantly into a perfectly even molecular distribution throughout the cosmos]
  90. @Anonymous
    I realized that when traveling in Guatemala once and looking at the Embassy row residences of New Zealand and Belgium. Those roles are probably the best jobs in the world. Very little pressure, big palatial residence and parties every week. Live in the warm weather, big staff both domestic and administrative.

    It's a slice of heaven really.


    Belgian ambassador to Costa Rica. ( just pitch the chocolate and beer Louis, have some fun )

    In general, diplomatic jobs in the foreign services of most large, peaceful, high-income nations that mind their own business is a career-long series of extended overseas holidays with a government pension at the end—as long as (these days) your spouse doesn’t mind giving up any earning potential and tagging along with you. It’s an old-fashioned proposition.

    • Replies: @sb
    Most diplomats spend a lot of their time on consular work - usually tourists in trouble .And doing PR
    Most of the hard stuff -treaty negotiating for instance - is strictly head office
    It'been described to me as full of super credentialed brainy people doing junior clerical work
  91. @Federale
    The Japanese are more hirsute than you think. Here's Baron Ito Hirobumi, former Imperial Governor of Korea.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/MH6FLuhwHH6392Jw9

    The Japanese men are noticeable more hirsute than Chinese men are. Gillette ads are a thing in Japan. AFAIK, shaving products are not advertised much in China.

  92. We’ve a long history of making older entertainers ambassadors, from Benjamin Franklin to Shirley Temple. We should send Bill Gibbons over as the next ambassador to really cheese ’em off.

    He is such a laid back, cool cat, at state dinners he would probably just chuckle and tell ’em “I’ll have the quesadilla.” (Which will piss ’em of even more, since damn near everyone hates Nickelback and he’ll scandalise them for having appeared in degenerate videos with Playboy bunnies….

    Let the pearl-clutching begin.

    (Nickelback are probably actually pretty cool guys, based upon the conservative celebrities they feature.)

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Billy Gibbons, leader of ZZ Top, is a relative of Cedric Gibbons of MGM, who won 11 Oscars for Best Art Direction (or whatever it was called then). The musician's dad worked for his cousin Cedric at MGM.

    This helps explain why ZZ Top was one of the few 1970s bands to make the transition to MTV music videos in the 1980s so triumphantly: art design is in the Gibbons blood.

  93. @obwandiyag
    So, how does the mustache prove blacks to be inferior? I missed that part.

    They grow inferior mustaches.

  94. Anon[119] • Disclaimer says:

    This is so Korea. This is absolutely not unusual, as bizarre as it sounds. Koreans are subject to periodic brain farts that cause them to go crazy, especially where Japan is concerned. Having said that, this recent thing is more akin to a Twitter uproar, mostly internet based.

    There was a recent government to government dispute involving intelligence exchanges where nobody in Japan could even understand what the hell their problem was. Japan just ignored it, and it went away.

  95. @Autochthon
    We've a long history of making older entertainers ambassadors, from Benjamin Franklin to Shirley Temple. We should send Bill Gibbons over as the next ambassador to really cheese 'em off.

    https://bluesmatters.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Billy-F-Gibbons-1-Photo-by-Andrew-Stuart.jpg

    He is such a laid back, cool cat, at state dinners he would probably just chuckle and tell 'em "I'll have the quesadilla." (Which will piss 'em of even more, since damn near everyone hates Nickelback and he'll scandalise them for having appeared in degenerate videos with Playboy bunnies....

    https://youtu.be/DmeUuoxyt_E

    Let the pearl-clutching begin.

    (Nickelback are probably actually pretty cool guys, based upon the conservative celebrities they feature.)

    Billy Gibbons, leader of ZZ Top, is a relative of Cedric Gibbons of MGM, who won 11 Oscars for Best Art Direction (or whatever it was called then). The musician’s dad worked for his cousin Cedric at MGM.

    This helps explain why ZZ Top was one of the few 1970s bands to make the transition to MTV music videos in the 1980s so triumphantly: art design is in the Gibbons blood.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Fun true story, since you seem to be a fan of the "other" legendary power trio (with great respect to them, but acknowledging, as they themselves probably would that only the guys from Willowdale stand alone):

    Once, in Seattle, during Seattle's Seafair, Billy Gibbons was walking along to or from his V.I.P. seating and a drunken lout, apparently noticing Gibbons' facial hair, hollered "Who do you think you are, Billy Gibbons?!" Gibbons paused in his stride, chuckled, and just shook his head, bemused. True story. ("Um, actually...." a lesser man may have muttered....)
    , @Brutusale
    Gibbons was reputedly one of Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitarists.
  96. Koreans be crazy. This I know from my own life experiences, and my Korean born adoptee son wholeheartedly agrees with the assessment. He recently had a drunk Korean passenger, in the process of being denied boarding, telling everyone that he was Korean like her. “No ma’am, I am not like you. I am a US citizen.”

    The Yalu River is the only thing separating Korea from Manchuria, yet Koreans think they are a special race, almost a divinely Chosen People. (Different than Chosin Reservoir.) On both sides of the Yalu, you will see the same facial types, they share a common ancestry.

    The Japanese were brutal.

  97. @Steve Sailer
    Billy Gibbons, leader of ZZ Top, is a relative of Cedric Gibbons of MGM, who won 11 Oscars for Best Art Direction (or whatever it was called then). The musician's dad worked for his cousin Cedric at MGM.

    This helps explain why ZZ Top was one of the few 1970s bands to make the transition to MTV music videos in the 1980s so triumphantly: art design is in the Gibbons blood.

    Fun true story, since you seem to be a fan of the “other” legendary power trio (with great respect to them, but acknowledging, as they themselves probably would that only the guys from Willowdale stand alone):

    Once, in Seattle, during Seattle’s Seafair, Billy Gibbons was walking along to or from his V.I.P. seating and a drunken lout, apparently noticing Gibbons’ facial hair, hollered “Who do you think you are, Billy Gibbons?!” Gibbons paused in his stride, chuckled, and just shook his head, bemused. True story. (“Um, actually….” a lesser man may have muttered….)

  98. @Anon
    OT

    Charles Murray's book is coming out on the 28th. His next book will be on the history of high states poker. His wife gave him the idea, since he spends so much time in Indian and Vegas casinos playing poker. After The Bell Curve he did a book on the history of the Apollo space program, interviewing a bunch of NASA engineers, so he has a history of switching gears after a grueling project.

    Murray contacted some high stakes players on Twitter last month. These guys are mostly unselfaware high IQ Jews. They have overthought things and are spreading weird and improbable conspiracy theories about how Murray must be cooking up some sort of book about how there are no black poker players, or how hedge fund Askenazis are using poker to take over the world, or whatever.

    https://www.vip-grinders.com/haxton-warns-charles-murray-controversy/

    They have overthought things and are spreading weird and improbable conspiracy theories about how Murray must be cooking up some sort of book about how there are no black poker players

    Meet one of the very best poker players of our era, the Tiger Woods of Poker, member of the Poker Hall of Fame, Phil Ivey:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ivey

    Phillip Dennis Ivey Jr. (born February 1, 1977)[2] is an American professional poker player who has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title, and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. Ivey was at one time regarded by numerous poker observers and contemporaries as the best all-around player in the world.[3][4][5] In 2017, he was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.[6]

  99. I don’t think Trump likes any of the East Asian nations (he is faking it with North Korea). Maybe he had bad experiences doing business with East Asians? He was bashing Japan in the 1980s, quite like how he is doing the same to China now.

    Which is probably why he has been trolling them since he came to power. Note how he dispatched the chinese-american Evelyn Chao to represent America at the inauguration ceremony of the new Emperor of Japan. The Japanese were predictably insulted and returned the insult by keeping her standing in the viewing area while the other guests sat on chairs. Earlier he went straight from Japan to North Korea (arch-enemy of Japan) and showed great love, honor and respect to Kim Jong Un, having dispatched warmonger Bolton (who probably wanted to bomb Kim) to Mongolia on a meaningless errand (to the amusement of many observers, including here).

    And that’s why I suspect that it was Trump the troll who instigated Ambassador Harris to grow a mustache exactly like that of Prime Minister Tojo of Imperial Japan during WWII (why else would Harris refuse to shave off the offending mustache?).

    • Replies: @Bliss
    Correction: it was Elaine (not Evelyn) Chao, the Secretary of Transportation, who was sent to the enthronement ceremony (not inauguration, lol) of Emperor Naruhito.

    Btw, the ceremony itself was very strange. And very slow paced. Watch it and see if you can find Chao standing in the back:

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=2ahUKEwisp_LzoJLnAhVVtZ4KHaTTAqQQtwIwAXoECAsQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dz_Xka42e9jE&usg=AOvVaw1S4gLyi2If8VZV3Cqy57wH
  100. @Alfa158
    Short track ice skate racing is one of the most entertaining to watch of the weird little sports that have metastasized in the Olympics. Not quite as weird as that girls gymnastics thing where little girls twirl long ribbons on the end of a stick, but almost as much fun to watch as that other weird sport, ski jumping.
    I heard that the International Olympic Committee is planning to provide something that is as entertaining as those Winter Olympics to the Summer Olympics by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.

    “Winter Olympics to the Summer Olympics by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.”
    OJ could be the goodwill ambassador!

  101. “Growing facial hair allows a man to feel he’s accomplishing something every day.”

    I have heard the exact same thing said about shaving, and I do indeed feel the shaving-success pride.
    In the military, it’s making your bed. Momentum for the day ahead.
    For me, despite having some skilled accomplishments, nothing does it like managing to take those heavy trash tanks to the curb. Unfortunately, only once a week.

  102. @Bliss
    I don’t think Trump likes any of the East Asian nations (he is faking it with North Korea). Maybe he had bad experiences doing business with East Asians? He was bashing Japan in the 1980s, quite like how he is doing the same to China now.

    Which is probably why he has been trolling them since he came to power. Note how he dispatched the chinese-american Evelyn Chao to represent America at the inauguration ceremony of the new Emperor of Japan. The Japanese were predictably insulted and returned the insult by keeping her standing in the viewing area while the other guests sat on chairs. Earlier he went straight from Japan to North Korea (arch-enemy of Japan) and showed great love, honor and respect to Kim Jong Un, having dispatched warmonger Bolton (who probably wanted to bomb Kim) to Mongolia on a meaningless errand (to the amusement of many observers, including here).

    And that’s why I suspect that it was Trump the troll who instigated Ambassador Harris to grow a mustache exactly like that of Prime Minister Tojo of Imperial Japan during WWII (why else would Harris refuse to shave off the offending mustache?).

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Tojo2.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/5cTonQt.jpg

    Correction: it was Elaine (not Evelyn) Chao, the Secretary of Transportation, who was sent to the enthronement ceremony (not inauguration, lol) of Emperor Naruhito.

    Btw, the ceremony itself was very strange. And very slow paced. Watch it and see if you can find Chao standing in the back:

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=2ahUKEwisp_LzoJLnAhVVtZ4KHaTTAqQQtwIwAXoECAsQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dz_Xka42e9jE&usg=AOvVaw1S4gLyi2If8VZV3Cqy57wH

  103. Your last point is the germane one. He is a diplomat.

  104. @Alfa158
    Short track ice skate racing is one of the most entertaining to watch of the weird little sports that have metastasized in the Olympics. Not quite as weird as that girls gymnastics thing where little girls twirl long ribbons on the end of a stick, but almost as much fun to watch as that other weird sport, ski jumping.
    I heard that the International Olympic Committee is planning to provide something that is as entertaining as those Winter Olympics to the Summer Olympics by provisionally adding Falling Down the Stairs races as an event.

    Some of these “fringe” sports have some frighteningly adept athletes.

    • Replies: @SafeNow
    Dad would have loved her. Mother not as much.
  105. @Steve Sailer
    Billy Gibbons, leader of ZZ Top, is a relative of Cedric Gibbons of MGM, who won 11 Oscars for Best Art Direction (or whatever it was called then). The musician's dad worked for his cousin Cedric at MGM.

    This helps explain why ZZ Top was one of the few 1970s bands to make the transition to MTV music videos in the 1980s so triumphantly: art design is in the Gibbons blood.

    Gibbons was reputedly one of Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitarists.

  106. @Anonymous
    They have short track bike racing in the Olympics now, which is what I think you're referring to. They don't spill out of the gate. There's a pacer on a moped that they follow in an organized fashion for several laps until the pacer leaves the track and then it's a mad dash for the last few laps. So the crashes tend to happen towards the final laps and finish line, when it counts. Like short track skating, it's fun to watch but feels more like sports entertainment than a proper Olympic caliber sport.

    That’s the kieran
    It originated in Japan

  107. @PiltdownMan
    In general, diplomatic jobs in the foreign services of most large, peaceful, high-income nations that mind their own business is a career-long series of extended overseas holidays with a government pension at the end—as long as (these days) your spouse doesn't mind giving up any earning potential and tagging along with you. It's an old-fashioned proposition.

    Most diplomats spend a lot of their time on consular work – usually tourists in trouble .And doing PR
    Most of the hard stuff -treaty negotiating for instance – is strictly head office
    It’been described to me as full of super credentialed brainy people doing junior clerical work

    • Agree: Autochthon
  108. I’ve always thought that Korean martial arts are more vicious than Japans ‘
    And during WW2 Japanese POW camps typically had Korean guards who were generally bigger ****s than their Jap masters

  109. @Ash Williams

    If you recall, Epstein used to include hidden cameras in bedrooms and secretly record orgies that his famous guests engaged in (the recordings were used for blackmail).
     
    Oh c'mon... We all know Epstein was an innocent hedge fund operator who didn't know the girls giving him and his very important friends massages were underage, was falsely accused and imprisoned because of antisemitism, and in deep despair wove together dozens of paper sheets (that were accidentally left in his cell) into a Greta-style braid and then tied it to a bed and leaned forward against until it broke bones in his neck and killed himself.

    Stop spreading conspiracy theories!

    On an on topic note, this mustache is perhaps the best diplomatic troll in modern history.

    It was a plank pose gone terribly wrong. #YogaWeepsForEpstein

  110. @Anonymous
    What irony.

    South Koreans, as yellow toadies of the US empire, bitch and whine about another yellow(or half-yellow) toady of the US empire. Two dogs barking at each other before their master.

    This takes 'seeing the trees but not the forest' up a notch. Seeing the mustache on the puppet but not the strings. And all this talk of Japanese colonization while their country continues to be colonized and transformed by globalist empire, the US whose sanctions make life miserable in the North.

    South Koreans, as yellow toadies of the US empire, bitch and whine about another yellow(or half-yellow) toady of the US empire. Two dogs barking at each other before their master.

    Far better than being actual provinces of the Chinese empire. If, all those years ago, the Japanese had held their fire and merely contented themselves with transforming the Chinese into good Japanese, you’d be fulminating against Uncle Sam in Japanese today. Talk about the road not taken.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Far better than being actual provinces of the Chinese empire.
     
    Korea was adjacent to China for 2000 yrs, and it was allowed to survive as an independent state. China also intervened to save it from Hideoyoshi.

    Under US hegemony, not only are whites committing mass suicide but inspiring others to follow suit as a kind of virtue.

    All nations under US hegemony will fade and die. West is under Jewish Hegemony and its main 'virtues' are Homo-worship, feminism that divides men and women, and welcoming Great Replacement. So, nations like Japan, S. Korea, and much of EU(esp Ireland) are under double colonization: Under US hegemony that is under Jewish hegemony. It's a recipe for disaster. Explosion of material wealth but death of soul and fertility.

    https://www.bitchute.com/channel/yqVw2kOQK4Jl/
  111. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Johann Ricke

    South Koreans, as yellow toadies of the US empire, bitch and whine about another yellow(or half-yellow) toady of the US empire. Two dogs barking at each other before their master.
     
    Far better than being actual provinces of the Chinese empire. If, all those years ago, the Japanese had held their fire and merely contented themselves with transforming the Chinese into good Japanese, you'd be fulminating against Uncle Sam in Japanese today. Talk about the road not taken.

    Far better than being actual provinces of the Chinese empire.

    Korea was adjacent to China for 2000 yrs, and it was allowed to survive as an independent state. China also intervened to save it from Hideoyoshi.

    Under US hegemony, not only are whites committing mass suicide but inspiring others to follow suit as a kind of virtue.

    All nations under US hegemony will fade and die. West is under Jewish Hegemony and its main ‘virtues’ are Homo-worship, feminism that divides men and women, and welcoming Great Replacement. So, nations like Japan, S. Korea, and much of EU(esp Ireland) are under double colonization: Under US hegemony that is under Jewish hegemony. It’s a recipe for disaster. Explosion of material wealth but death of soul and fertility.

    https://www.bitchute.com/channel/yqVw2kOQK4Jl/

    • Replies: @Twinkie

    allowed to survive
     
    That seems to happen a lot with cantankerous, quarrelsome, and tough SOBs.

    One wonders why all those southern Chinese states weren’t also “allowed to survive.”
  112. @Anonymous
    I was pressured to take Spanish (which I had no interest in) in school rather than Russian or German, which I did have an interest in. Ostensibly because it "was easier", but really because my mother was Polish and hated German and Russian equally. She was also the reason why my father exploded when I evinced an interest in the Jewess who was a champion swimmer at my high school and later became the leading weatherperson on tv in that town for some years. Dad wasn't thrilled but she disliked Jews even more than Germans or Russians.

    Not as individuals, but as groups, feeling that Russians, Germans and Jews all had it in for ethnic Poles. She had Jewish friends, or at least friendly acquaintances, but her son marrying one was something she regarded with the same horror she would have had for a son marrying a black or turning to bestiality or homosexuality.

    It later transpired she was a discreet lesbian, and like so many other lesbians had breast cancer. The chemo and radiation were pretty rough on her.

    >high school Jewess
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon raises an eyebrow, enlarges his eyes and suppresses a grin]
    >parental conflict
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon releases the grin and leans back with involuntary head nodding as his pupils dilate]
    >champion swimmer
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon, his eyes obsidian marbles, allows his jaw to fall loose, and begins vibrating]
    >weathergirl
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon knocks his folding chair backward but does not fall because he is now levitating]
    >lesbian
    [fake wrestling executive Vince McMahon achieves Buddha consciousness and his material body effervesces instantly into a perfectly even molecular distribution throughout the cosmos]

  113. @Brutusale
    Some of these "fringe" sports have some frighteningly adept athletes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ3rC5INE9I

    Dad would have loved her. Mother not as much.

  114. @Anonymous

    Far better than being actual provinces of the Chinese empire.
     
    Korea was adjacent to China for 2000 yrs, and it was allowed to survive as an independent state. China also intervened to save it from Hideoyoshi.

    Under US hegemony, not only are whites committing mass suicide but inspiring others to follow suit as a kind of virtue.

    All nations under US hegemony will fade and die. West is under Jewish Hegemony and its main 'virtues' are Homo-worship, feminism that divides men and women, and welcoming Great Replacement. So, nations like Japan, S. Korea, and much of EU(esp Ireland) are under double colonization: Under US hegemony that is under Jewish hegemony. It's a recipe for disaster. Explosion of material wealth but death of soul and fertility.

    https://www.bitchute.com/channel/yqVw2kOQK4Jl/

    allowed to survive

    That seems to happen a lot with cantankerous, quarrelsome, and tough SOBs.

    One wonders why all those southern Chinese states weren’t also “allowed to survive.”

  115. The ambassador is actually…

    …Christopher Lee!

  116. Talking about micro-aggressions, everytime I grow a mustache people make derogative remarks. I get called hipster, fascist, even Hitler! At restaurants, colleagues suggest I order soup or spaghettis… Mustaches are only OK if you’re gay. Otherwise you face a lot of discrimination. It’s become a mark of male chauvinism and heteropatriarcal oppression.

  117. State dept women spouses and daughters in Islamic countries are required to conform to local standards of women’s modest dress when out in public. At the very least long sleeves and a head scarf or a version of the local shroud. This to conform to community standards. State has always been that way, whatever country. Conform to local standards.

    SOP expect for male gays who are the most disgusting and who are responsible for most STDs including shigella. Just aggressive and blatant.

    But the gays can just shove their sex lives in the locals faces. Although, Islamic societies are very homo in practice. Next democrat administration maybe Pritzker or another hulking man pretending to be a woman tranny can b ambassador to Turkey or Saudi and other important Islamic countries

    • Replies: @Dissident

    State has always been that way, whatever country. Conform to local standards.

    SOP expect for male gays who are the most disgusting and who are responsible for most STDs including shigella. Just aggressive and blatant.
     
    Good points.
  118. @Alden
    State dept women spouses and daughters in Islamic countries are required to conform to local standards of women’s modest dress when out in public. At the very least long sleeves and a head scarf or a version of the local shroud. This to conform to community standards. State has always been that way, whatever country. Conform to local standards.

    SOP expect for male gays who are the most disgusting and who are responsible for most STDs including shigella. Just aggressive and blatant.

    But the gays can just shove their sex lives in the locals faces. Although, Islamic societies are very homo in practice. Next democrat administration maybe Pritzker or another hulking man pretending to be a woman tranny can b ambassador to Turkey or Saudi and other important Islamic countries

    State has always been that way, whatever country. Conform to local standards.

    SOP expect for male gays who are the most disgusting and who are responsible for most STDs including shigella. Just aggressive and blatant.

    Good points.

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