Just Do It

Here is an excerpt from the book Fall of Japan by William Craig,

After General Anami’s death, the Emperor had asked the senior officers to forget their personal feelings and devote themselves to the nation in the difficult days ahead.

His wife was shocked.  For two days she brooded.  A normally pleasant, even dispositioned lady, she usually radiated a genuine warmth to those around her.  Plump and small, she reminded everyone of a smiling Buddha.  But the women who greeted her husband when he came home on the night the 17th of August was far from even-tempered,  She was almost hysterical as she berated him.

“When ae you going to commit suicide?” she asked in a shrill voice.  The general looked closely at her.  Here eyes were wide with excitement, her features flushed with anger.  He was dumbfounded.

“I have a responsibility to the Emperor right now.  I is important that I stay alive to serve him”

“It is more important that you atone for the surrender”, she cried.

The couple argued heatedly over the question of his death, and later went to bed in a strained atmosphere.  

Each night thereafter the argument continued.  After the servants had gone to bed, the women pressed her husband for an answer, and he put off the question.  Neighbors noticed that Mrs. Sugiyama was becoming more distraught, more wild-eyed.  She no longer smiled.  She pouted in frustration.

On the seventh day, she confronted the general once more in his bedroom.

“When are you going to commit Hara-kiri?” she repeated.

After taking the officer’s tunic, the general had seated himself in a comfortable chair.  Then he had pressed a service revolver to his white shirt and fired into his chest.  Unlike Hideki Tojo, Sugiyama had found the mark and fallen unconscious.

Of course the Japanese of that era had a very strong code, death before dishonor.  Still, it  does seem odd for a wife to be goading her husband to commit suicide.  I am not sure what to read into it.  Comment at will

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68 comments on “Just Do It
  1. Tarnished says:

    Still, it does seem odd for a wife to be goading her husband to commit suicide.

    It is not “odd”, Farm Boy.

    It is disturbing on the deepest levels.
    It is revolting to the extreme.
    It is indicative of a passionate, all-encompassing lust for some social concept of honor completely overtaking the love and past devotions she had for her mate.
    It shows just how far a person can morally fall…no, plunge…when confronted with the threat of nonconformity brought on by a family member.

    There is undoubtedly more to say about this, but it is too horrifying to think about further.

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  2. Spawny Get says:

    is there anything in the bible suggesting that women are the empathic sex? Just how did this malarkey get started?

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  3. Padawan says:

    “We are the Nice Gentle Ones”, Women Say (by Padawan, Blog Laureate 2014 – ?)

    “Compassionate and caring”
    Is what we kept hearing
    And many believe what they said,
    Is she not endearing
    While jeering and sneering
    She fatally fucks with his head?

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  4. Liz says:

    It was a weird culture.
    His wife also killed herself.

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  5. Liz says:

    I’ve read that hundreds jumped from the suicide cliffs in Saipan, about the thousand total. Mothers threw their children off the cliffs and then jumped off after them.
    They didn’t believe in being captured. That’s why they treated our POWs so poorly.
    To them, they were dishonorable for living.

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  6. Yoda says:

    Just did it he did.

    An Israeli man who was stabbed multiple times Tuesday afternoon in a terror attack in Petah Tikva managed to remove the knife from his neck and use it to stab and neutralize his attacker, aided by the store owner, police said.


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  7. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    “It was a weird culture.”
    “His wife also killed herself.”

    Up till then, Japan had never lost a war.
    My first reaction was to tell the screaming hapy to shut up. That she killed herself brings the atonement full circle.

    Somewhere in the Northeast, there is girl on trial for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide. I think that they are wrong to prosecute her.

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  8. Farm Boy says:

    The Queen,

    The young woman’s shrieking was loud and getting louder, but there was laughter in it. ‘Stop it! Philip, stop it, stop it stop it!’ accompanied by the scamper of feet on stairs.

    A grinning man was reaching out and pinching her bottom repeatedly and growling: ‘Get up there, girl, get up there,’ forcing her up.

    Chief Petty Officer William Evans, who had been coming down, had to get out of their way as the screaming and laughing Queen, in a blouse and skirt, was ushered by Prince Philip’s pinches and growls all the way to the top of the 80-tread staircase at Broadlands, in Hampshire, home of the late Earl Mountbatten.

    The royal couple were regular weekend guests at the home of Philip’s Uncle Dickie, and staff noted that only one of the two bedrooms in their suite was ever slept in. At the top of the stairs the noise suddenly subsided.

    The door of their suite closed behind them, muffled giggling continued, and then there was silence. ‘They were like a pair of teenagers,’ recalls Evans, now 83, who was head of Mountbatten’s personal staff. ‘The Queen had a look of panic on her face that wasn’t really panic at all, if you know what I mean — she was loving it, and Philip knew that.

    ‘He was enjoying himself, and he wouldn’t stop, but just kept pinching her bottom all the way to the top, and it’s a lot of stairs. I wondered whether they ever behaved like that at Buckingham Palace.’

    A remarkable vignette. But what is even more extraordinary is that the royal couple were not newlyweds when this highly charged, and clearly amorous scene was played out.


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  9. Yoda says:

    been fuelled by an investigation published by a flourishing online Swedish news outlet Nyheter Idag, showing that Swedish authorities hid from the public sexual assaults by immigrant gangs on scores of teenage girls at a popular Stockholm music festival both last year and in 2014.

    The Swedish police and a national newspaper were accused of hiding the truth deliberately because the perpetrators were migrants.

    Astonishingly, Stockholm police chief Peter Agren – in charge of the 2014 festival – admitted later: ‘Sometimes we dare not tell how it is because we think it plays into the hands of the Sweden Democrats.’

    A group of security guards in the south-eastern city of Kalmar last week claimed a ‘riot’ and attack on a police officer involving migrants outside an Irish bar was covered up.

    A local newspaper which interviewed the security men was, apparently, asked by police to remove a quote from one of the guards which read: ‘We need to be talking about what’s happening … it’s not about racism.’ For their part, the police said they did not consider the bar brouhaha last Sunday night newsworthy.



  10. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Farm Boy,
    That story was more than a little reassuring. It’s good to know that they are not made of marble. Their indiscretions can be forgiven in light of their behavior thes past sixty eight years.


  11. Cill says:

    Interesting. Come to think of it, I’d expect Liz* to be pro brexit. I’ve seen signs in her of a staunch woman with plenty of grit. If push came to shove, I think she could be a bit of an iron lady in her own right. Some things about Liz I respect.

    [*Cill edit: as in Elizabeth II of England]

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  12. Sumo says:

    Of course the Japanese of that era had a very strong code, death before dishonor.

    It was a weird culture.

    The short version is (based on conversations I had with my father, uncles and grandfather, so this is entirely biased), the militaristic nature of WWII Japan was a bastardization of bushido, the code of the samurai. The samurai class was legally abolished in 1873, and while a number of samurai became officers in the Imperial Army, the majority of the military leadership leading up to and during WWII were descendants of the “common” folk; as such, they did not have an in depth understanding of bushido, or feel the weight of that legacy. Bits and pieces of the code were appropriated and used to justify the military’s actions; sort of an “ends justify the means” kind of thing.

    Basically, the suicide thing was not necessarily interpreted correctly; a samurai could be ordered not to commit seppuku, and would actually gain more dishonor (for himself and his entire family, forever) if he disobeyed and offed himself without permission.

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  13. Sumo says:

    The short version is (based on conversations I had with my father, uncles and grandfather, so this is entirely biased)

    I should clarify – those were conversations I had with my grandfather that my father and uncles translated for me.

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  14. Cill says:

    Bloody interesting, Sumo. When I was a kid one of my caregivers had friends from Japan who held him in high esteem. They were all high up in business, mostly billionaires, and very traditional. Needless to say, as a kid I was fascinated by the incomparable swords and suicide blades, and spoke to them about it at every opportunity. They knew a lot about it and as an unintended bonus I also learned quite a lot about them, and insights into their way of thinking. Their wives were every bit as interesting, and I had no idea so much could go into making a cup of tea – and a whole lot of other stuff such as flower arrangements.

    I had another great granddad who hated the “Japs” from his WW2 experiences, so meeting actual Japanese was a broadening experience for me.

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  15. That is disturbing, especially when viewed from outside of that historic time, place, and specific culture.

    I think it’s likely hard for Westerners to really grasp what the Emperor being removed from power actually must have seemed like to the Japanese — the end of the world may not be too strong of a way to put it.

    The Emperor wasn’t just a monarch or just a leader in the way a queen or king of England say or a President of the United States may be. An Emperor was more than a ruler, he was divinely appointed and believed almost like a diety — all knowing, all powerful, irreplaceable, invincible. He WAS Japan.

    Or that’s how it’s been explained to me, I am no expert. However taken in that light, if one did not die defending the Emperor’s continued reign, did not fight to their dying breath regardless and without excuse, if one failed in that most sacred and important mission, they may have felt the only possible atonement to all they had let down was to take their own lives in sacrificial shame.

    I am curious how long after he did this that she did? Perhaps as second in responsibility to this enormous failure next to her husband, she felt she couldn’t kill herself before him because that would have been even more shameful of a reflection on him than what had already happened?

    Or maybe she was just a bitch but one should be careful to judge such situations w/o understanding the backstory.

    Obviously the loss of a nation in war or the dethroning of a king or the overthrow of a president is devastating, but as far as I know their top military staff would not feel that was a result of their own personal failure somehow in quite the same way and it’s doubtful they would feel that suicide was the only honorable solution or outcome that could possibly follow that – ever.

    Much of how the Japanese approached WWII can be explained by understanding the backstory of time/place/culture.

    Like Liz’s example, for a woman to think “better for my kids to die, better for me to die, than surrender or be captured” is almost on a epic tragedy type scale of honor before all else. It’s just not a concept or way of seeing things found in the Western tradition as far as I know, except perhaps when people believed they were fighting in the name of God and for God perhaps?

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  16. Moehau Man says:

    Yes well, Moehau Mans have to remember the Queen and her son do not always think the same. He seems pretty much into loving the migrants.

    I’m not sure about that Prince Charles joker at all. I don’t know if I can respect a man who looks like a phallus with ears.

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  17. Cill says:

    Well I’m looking after Wee Meddy here and it’s 10 pm and he’s still awake. Time to read him to sleep with his Goldfish story book. Cill out for now.

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  18. Sumo says:

    I had another great granddad who hated the “Japs” from his WW2 experiences, so meeting actual Japanese was a broadening experience for me.

    Can’t say I blame yer great granddaddy for that one. From everything I’ve heard, that was some nasty shit.

    Along the same lines, my grandparents, while they were decent, law-abiding folk, were not pleased with my decision to enter law enforcement, due to the fact that when Japanese Canadians were interred during WWII, it was the RCMP who rounded them all up.

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  19. Liz says:

    Thanks for the background, Sumo. Interesting stuff!

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  20. Liz says:

    My dad flew in the Pacific theatre, during WWII.
    He was 17 when he went in.

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  21. Sumo says:

    Thanks for the background, Sumo. Interesting stuff!

    Thanks, Lizard. I’ve mentioned elsewhere that family legend claims that we’re descended from this guy; I have no way to verify that, but I choose to believe it out of narcissism. 😉 This would mean that my ancestors were samurai; this one is a little more plausible, as my great-grandfather was a teacher, and historically only the samurai were educated.

    Of course, this could all be a steaming pile o’ shite, but I shall again blame narcissism for my belief in it. 😀

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  22. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I didn’t know that Japanese-Canadians were interred. The ones that I knew were all from California. There was one exception, she sas interred as an enemy alien by the Japanese on the Phillpines.
    One possible clue in investigating your ancestry, I heard that a lot of samurai became bureaucrats in the wake of the Meiji Restoration.


  23. Yoda says:

    From Breitbart this is,

    The latest billionaire buffoon is Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Having noticed that Jack Dorsey is out-doing him in the realm of leftist political whackery, the social media kingpin has begun to wear his progressivism on his sleeves. Facebook’s users — far more numerous than Twitter’s — are sure to suffer.

    Recently, we reported that Zuckerberg reprimanded a number of Facebook employees who crossed out “Black Lives Matter” slogans and replaced them with “All Lives Matter” on the company walls. You’d think that a liberal like Zuckerberg would appreciate a message of discrimination being replaced with a message of inclusiveness, but I suppose that sort of thinking went out of fashion with Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Given that Zuckerberg had to send out the reprimand to the entire company, this suggests that the slogan-writers have yet to be identified. Naturally, I hope they continue their efforts, but I can’t help being a little curious about who they are. Given the number of black Americans quietly fuming about the radical Black Lives Matter activists who try and speak on their behalf, I wouldn’t be surprised if they themselves were black.

    You know, now that I think about it, wasn’t that Martin Luther King, Jr. fellow with all his inclusive rhetoric also black? Then again, as the University of California recently reminded us, he really is out of fashion in progressive circles.


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  24. Farm Boy says:

    These people sure are sensitive,

    How will today’s college students function once they leave campus and find the world no giant “safe space” protecting them from things they don’t want to hear?

    University of Pittsburgh students last week declared themselves “in danger” and “traumatized” over a provocative campus speech by righty flame-thrower Milo Yiannapoulos.

    So traumatized that, at a student government hearing, they demanded to know why the school hadn’t provided on-site therapy for those who felt “invalidated” by the speech.

    A speech that no one had to attend.

    The student-gov president broke down in tears as she heard the complaints, then apologized for spending student funds on the guest (but said court rulings had left her no choice).


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  25. Farm Boy says:

    Oh good

    In case the name Melissa Click doesn’t ring any alarm bells, she’s the (former) University of Missouri assistant communications professor who went in search of “muscle” after failing to frighten off a student reporter who dared ask questions within the “media-free zone” set up around a campus protest. (Months later, she would explain she was afraid the student reporter might be carrying a gun.)

    It took the school’s board of curators a while, but Mizzou eventually fired Click, claiming her actions were in direct conflict with the university’s core values. After a brief silence, Click is back, blaming “conservative voices” for her firing, which she now says she’s going to fight.


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  26. “How will today’s college students function once they leave campus and find the world no giant “safe space” protecting them from things they don’t want to hear?”

    Maybe they can get a waa-mburger with their French cries? (Or sorry, freedom cries!)

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  27. Liz says:

    “Somewhere in the Northeast, there is girl on trial for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide. I think that they are wrong to prosecute her.”

    They should give her a rope with a noose as a quick release option.

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  28. Yoda says:

    Due process there is not,

    A Georgia legislator who has fiercely defended due process rights for college students accused of sexual assault is calling for the resignation of Georgia Tech’s president. State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, who in January held a hearing on the lack of due process provided by Georgia Tech and other state universities, called on Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson to resign over the concerns.

    “He’s up for his contract renewal come April,” Ehrhart said. “The Regents, I think they’re frustrated with him. The alumni, I think they’re massively frustrated with him. He’s costing them [the school’s reputation], he’s costing their sons and daughters a safe environment on that campus, and they’re fed up with it, I think. We need somebody like a Mitch Daniels at Purdue to come in and have the guts to stand up to these activists in their cabinets, sweep them out of there and do the right thing, and they just won’t do that at Tech.”

    Ehrhart called the lack of due process rights afforded to accused students “outrageous,” and discussed the tragedy of the situation.

    “It’s such a great school. But the president and the administration are just clueless when it comes to due process on that campus and protecting all those kids,” Ehrhart said. “If I have to talk to another brokenhearted mother about their fine son where any allegation is a conviction and they toss these kids out of school after three and a half years, sometimes just before graduation, it’s just tragic.”

    Ehrhart said whoever replaces Peterson will need to “clean house” at Georgia Tech in order to start giving students a fair process, or else the school needs to bring in someone with a “backbone.”

    At a hearing in January, Ehrhart heard from the mother of a male student accused of sexual misconduct. The young man let his female friend stay in his apartment while she waited for her roommate to return to their dorm because she had lost her keys. Instead of sending the drunk young woman to wait alone in the cold and dark early morning hours, the young man kept her safe at his apartment. Sometime later, a friend of the young woman accused the young man of holding the alleged victim against her will.

    Text messages from the young woman thanking the young man for allowing her to stay at his place while she waited were disallowed in the young man’s hearing. The young woman didn’t even believe she was a victim, yet because of the accusation of the third party, the young man was suspended.

    Another male student was expelled after he rebuffed the advances of another male student. That student was eventually reinstated by the school’s Board of Regents after the student filed a lawsuit.


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  29. Yoda says:

    Is the Queen Moe’s sovereign she is?


  30. Moehau Man says:

    I wouldn’t mind her as Queen as a matter of fact, as long as she submits to the authority of the Kauri Club. Also we’d have to do something about her choice of sires for her children. A couple of her offspring look a bit equine if you ask me, and I’m sure we can do better than a phallus with ears.

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  31. Spawny Get says:

    Chunk o’Booger isn’t a complete tyttie on this issue, shocker

    Give the ‘father’ justice…first and foremost.
    After that you can piss and moan about what the taxpayer is supposed to pay…then address that issue.

    If you remove the payday-twenty years from a hard-of-thinking entitled princess-of-the-dependancy class having a baby, then you might see an immense fall in the number of low-IQ kids and proto-thugs being born.

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  32. Cill says:

    I wonder what effect it will have on paternity fraud, which is rife. At present all a woman has to do is name a man as the father and he is automatically liable for child support. If he knows he’s not the father, he then has the expense, time, and stress of proving it. In some countries he’s not even allowed to demand a paternity test.

    A lot of men are still going to feel pissed off at being put through male abortion when its all based on her lie, but it’s nowhere near as bad as being forced to pay child support.

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  33. Cill says:

    Thanks for those links 10:40 pm, mate. I’ve used them in my post scheduled for 50 minutes from now.

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  34. Yoda says:

    A Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch revealed that in April 2015, soldiers of the 67th Signal Battalion based in Fort Gordon, Georgia, were forced to attend a “white privilege” briefing, designed to coach them on how they have systemic privilege for being straight, white men.

    In the PowerPoint presentation, the troops were instructed that “race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans,” primarily because of the invisible “powerful forces” that conspire to keep hard working black Americans down and stop them from being valued by the rest of society. According to the presentation, it is in fact white privilege alone that creates a “yawning divide” in income and general prosperity.

    The presentation was structured around a hypothetical African woman who comes to America and discovers that the US is full of “white racism,” along with the fact that people are “organised according to race.” The presentation goes on to discuss how those who are apparently privileged by this racial system have to “make the problem of privilege their problem and do something about it.” The only thing missing from the presentation was a plea for donations and a Patreon link to end white privilege.


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  35. Cill says:

    “white privilege” briefing more likely to create racism than reduce it. Racism against the white race is rife, it couldn’t be more clear from the behavior of the migrants. They are racist because the “white privilege” propaganda tells them to be.

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  36. Yoda says:

    Busy they are,

    Black students at the University of Missouri at Columbia set off a nationwide protest movement last year over conditions facing minority students in higher education. On Monday, the Concerned Student 1950 movement at Mizzou again marched through campus, finding a locked door to the interim chancellor’s office on the way, protesting what members call inadequate efforts to improve the climate at the university, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. A task force has been appointed by the university, and officials say it is making progress, but the student protest movement questions whether it is sufficiently involved in shaping the task force’s agenda, and whether it is working speedily enough. Spike Lee, the film director and producer, joined Monday’s protest, filming it for ESPN.



  37. Cill says:

    Blacks beat and robbed a white soldier in a McDonald restaurant in America because “white privilege” propaganda incited them to.


  38. Spawny Get says:

    And now we turn from the tragedy of the modern world…And take it worserer

    Oh yes they did! It’s different from the first trailer, and it’s worse

    You’ll never look at Thor in the same way again, it’s worse than the ladyfication in the comics.

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  39. Yoda says:

    Version that available on Degoba (and the US) here it is,

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  40. Yoda says:

    And indeed, worse it is.
    Characters even more unlikable they are

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  41. Yoda says:

    Bet that this video grows in downvotes even faster than the first one did.

    Liked by 2 people

  42. Spawny Get says:

    July 14th now?

    This gesture of respect is appreciated by St Swithun. Maybe the French are going to zut alors a bit though. I don’t blame ’em

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  43. Spawny Get says:

    Maybe they should push a turkey of that magnitude back to Thanksgiving?

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  44. Yoda says:

    Deny everything I do,

    A copy of the manifesto, posted online by television station KHQ, shows that a section of it was addressed to President Obama. In it, Odom asks Obama to resist the aliens, writing: “It’s time someone took a stand to end this nonsense.”

    Another section, titled “noteworthy Martians,” lists 50 members of Congress



  45. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Bad enought that the new Ghostbusters crew is all female but did they have to rub men’s noses in it by casting a male receptionist?

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Yoda says:

    Probably not help Thor’s career this will

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  47. Cill says:

    To add insult to injury, the damn male receptionist has a Kiwi accent.

    Liked by 4 people

  48. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    It will be hard for all the participants in this turkey to find roles in the future. A lot can be forgiven but, associating with a turkey is unforgivable.


  49. Yoda says:

    Maybe they should push a turkey of that magnitude back to Thanksgiving?

    Brits have Thanksgiving not
    Guy Fawkes Day they do have.
    Perhaps burn the Ghostbuster Chicks in effigy they shoud

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  50. Spawny Get says:

    The real Guido was tortured, hung, drawn and quartered…Just putting that out there.

    Liked by 2 people

  51. Spawny Get says:

    I do like this guy, the initial review is even more heartfelt

    Liked by 1 person

  52. Farm Boy says:

    The real Guido was tortured, hung, drawn and quartered…Just putting that out there.

    What are you implying?


  53. Spawny Get says:

    Put Albert Kramer as judge at the trial. And let justice fall as it may. I’m implying that he’ll see justice done. Howwible howwible justice.


  54. Farm Boy says:

    Normally trailers for comedies try to showcase their funniest bits. If those are the funniest bits…

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  55. Farm Boy says:

    Who is Albert Kramer?


  56. Spawny Get says:

    It’s 4am here, not the best time to get all existentialist and philosophical…

    Liked by 1 person

  57. Yoda says:

    Accuse Trump of being a fascist these people do

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified Wednesday that the Justice Department has “discussed” taking civil legal action against the fossil fuel industry for “denying” the “threat of carbon emissions” when it comes to climate change.



  58. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    If they are considering going after Big Oil now for deniying global warming by civil suit, who will they go after next? And for what? Their attorneys are bankrolled with our tax dollars. This could turn into an indirect method of censorship.

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  59. SFC Ton says:

    a woman egging her husband on to eat a gun is banal. Least this one followed suit but most women drive their husbands into an early death. Not normally that direct but the slow killing of joy and happiness which leads a man to give up on life is pretty much dirt common


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