election

Kristin Chenowith performs “Popular” as advice to Anthony ‘Carlos Danger’ Weiner

A tribute version of the Broadway musical Wicked’s “Popular Song.” Lyrics include:

“You will be popular, the right kind of popular”

“I’ll teach you to zip your fly / You won’t be that guy with a camera down his pants.”

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A quick rant about the Tokyo candidates for the Diet

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The good news about Japanese elections is that the campaign season is short. The bad news is that it is accompanied by vans and mega-phones spewing noise pollution everywhere.

And then there are the campaign signs. For local elections, at least you see different characters in different neighborhoods. These past weeks, these hideous Diet candidate posters have haunted me throughout Tokyo.

Starting at the top, how do white gloves obscuring your face express your character? Maybe she’s too clean to hold that dirty mike, or shake constituents’ dirty hands. Below this mom-focused candidate is in front of a corporate backdrop that makes me wonder if she’s selling home cleaners or personal hygiene products. Lastly, at the bottom is the pretty male actor with a smirk.

I wish they would all go to hell, or at least shut up and remove their faces from public places.

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Major yucks. Granddaddy – grandson politicians make me uncomfortable

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I recently complained about the creepy daddy-son politicans running for this year’s elections with their fists in the air. As the election approaches, the political pairs seem to be diverging even further in age. I just want to shout, “Boys, get AWAY from that creepy grandpa.”

On the left is Ishihara, who famously dislikes gays, French, and immigrants.

A Romney supporter speaks up

Incredibly hilarious. I think Japanese should use this video to learn about colloquial English. She’s supporting Romney because he’s hot, he has same name as her cat, his running mate is better than Sarah Palin (“Ryan something”), Obama is anti-Catholic (“He’s going to take away my right to be a Catholic”),  and because she’s a “conservative Republican.”

And this gem: “For all those who say that Republican don’t like women, they’re married to them. Dunh.”

I love Renho!

Have you heard of Renho? She’s a single-name DPJ politician in charge of rooting out wasteful spending. Not only does she have a single name, she always wears crisp white suits! Plus, she’s Taiwanese, a former news anchor, and graduate of a very upper class university. In the photo above, she’s campaigning in front of Nakano’s JR station for our recent local, ward election. Wish I had seen her in person!!

US Embassy in Kabul

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On the same day the US is complaining about election irregularities in Afghanistan comes the report that the outsourced service hired to guard the US Embassy in Kabul is responsible for  security, morale and and discipline breakdowns. Of course, the “fondling and urinated” caught my attention.

The oversight group’s report said that guards worked in a “Lord of the Flies environment,” where they and their supervisors fondled and urinated on one another. They cite photographs that suggest guards have drawn Afghans into activities forbidden in a conservative Muslin country.

The contractor since 2007 is ArmorGroup, owned by Wackenhut Services Inc. As usual, photographs will be appearing soon. Way to win the “war of necessity,” Obama!