A couple of stories that caught my eye that really make me wonder about what people are thinking about how the government keeps getting bigger and bigger and getting more and more involved with our daily lives.
Japanese motorcycle police drones... Do not protect the public...
They are a tax racketeering group on wheels
On the one hand, average Joe-Happoshu thinks that we need the government to take care of all sorts of things in our lives like retirement, health insurance, rules on wearing seat belts, smoking in public - oh I could go on and on... (I won't talk today about how there is nothing written in the constitution about the government running things like health care)...But, at the same time Joe-Happoshu wants to government to babysit him and his family, he fails to recognize that these very same people are constantly doing things that are the height of incompetence or of questionable judgement.
I want the police and government out of our lives... But can understand the desire of people to have the police protecting us (Duh! That's what they are supposed to do!) Ostensibly that's what they are here for. But here's a story about how the police took a vacation that probably helped contribute to two people getting murdered - a rare occurrence in this country and big news all over the media for these last few months:
Here's a story from the Japan Times: Cops took trip rather than probe stalker - Days later, two women were stabbed to death
CHIBA — Police officers from a Chiba Prefecture station postponed investigating a suspected case of assault and stalking and instead took a three-day pleasure trip to Hokkaido, shortly before the suspect allegedly killed two people, officials said Thursday.
Makoto Yamashita, 58, whose daughter was living in Chiba Prefecture, went to Narashino Police Station on Dec. 6 to file a complaint about a man he claimed had stalked and assaulted his daughter. He was asked to wait a week before submitting his request for an investigation.
Yamashita's wife, Mitsuko, 56, and mother, Hisae, 77, were stabbed to death at their home in Saikai, Nagasaki Prefecture, on Dec. 16.
The suspect is Gota Tsutsui, 27, of Mie Prefecture, the man whom Yamashita wanted to target with the complaint. Tsutsui had sent emails to many friends of Yamashita's daughter that he would retrieve her after murdering her family. The woman had left Chiba and moved in with her parents in Nagasaki Prefecture.
So the dad goes to the police to ask for help after getting death threats from a stalker. The cops ho-hum and suck air through their teeth and the guy is told to come back later... Why he was asked to wait a week is anyone's guess... I guess that it was because the police were too busy protecting the public by handing out parking tickets to prevent a murder (gotta pay for the year-end policeman's party, ya know!)
Then when the news gets out that the police screwed up, they lie about it and try to cover up for themselves:
The Chiba police had earlier said the officers postponed an investigation because they were busy looking into other cases.
The officers traveled to Hokkaido two days after seeing Yamashita, according to the latest findings by the Chiba police.
Riiiiiight. These are the people who we need to increase their annual budget because they are protecting us from evil Yakuza gangsters by raiding prostitution parlors or S&M clubs? Yes. There's dangers everywhere! We can never be too careful!
The other story involves a well-known Japanese politician who used artificial insemination to have a baby at 50-years-old. This story is also from the Japan Times: Lawmaker Has No Regrets About Giving Birth at 50
Seiko Noda, a 51-year-old Lower House lawmaker, drew wide public attention and controversy by bearing a child at age 50 through artificial insemination. During an interview in February, about a year after giving birth to a boy using ova from a third party in the United States, Noda said she has no regrets. She says her son, Masaki, who has never left the hospital since birth due to serious medical problems, is her "mentor" who trains her as a politician...
...Her private life has been filled with constant travails, however, because she had enormous difficulty having a child. At age 44 she published a book titled "Watashi wa Umitai" ("I Want to Give Birth"), in which she poured her heart out about her burning desire to somehow produce offspring and discussed her experience with fertility techniques.
As a firm believer in private property rights, I believe that the ultimate private property is a person's body. While I think it is odd and perhaps a bit selfish that a 50-year-old woman would want to have a baby, I suppose it would be wrong for me to condemn her just for that.
I also feel very sorry for her and especially that poor baby who lingers in the hospital and hope that he can recover quickly and lead a normal life... Well, as normal as a kid could when his mom will be 66-years-old and a senior citizen when he is 15!
Like I said, I cannot criticize her for wanting and having a child. I think, though, I can criticize her for doing it while on the public dime and I can criticize her for doing it at 50-years-old while a public figure. Having a child at 50 is risky enough. Doing it while still working is idiocy.
And, on that point, why wait until 50? She even wrote a book about it! Why didn't she do this sooner? The chances of complications with the child and birth defects greatly increase after age 35. Why didn't this woman act sooner for the betterment of her child?
I think that is irresponsible.
I wonder how a person who is this lacking in judgement and responsibility when it comes to her own body and offspring could be depended upon to care for the well being of society at large? And don't call me a hypocrite! When my own daughter was hospitalized, as this woman's child is, my wife and I decided that she would quit her job and go live in the hospital with that child to care for her. She did that; we did that for 2.5 years. This politician? I'm sure she tries to visit whenever her schedule allows. If she were a dedicated mom, she'd quit her job and go take care of this child. But, like I said, I suspect this is an ego problem.
Sorry of I scoff and this story disgusts me. That poor child didn't deserve this.
Truly, as the days go by, the ruling class become farther and farther out of touch with reality and the common sense of the common man.
Is depending on these sorts of people any way to take care of your family? Is depending on these sorts of people anything less than gross irresponsibility?
Actually Mike. You're off the mark on this one. Noda wrote a book at 44 indeed. She has written quite a few books. She had been trying to get pregnant since she was 30 and couldn't. She started on IVF at 40. After trying for the last 12 or so years ourselves and failing many times the only option had been IVF which I may add failed many times for us. If you go to the clinic that specialize in this in Tokyo you will see that there are a lot of women who are over 40 who have been trying for years to have a baby.
Japan does not offer egg donor programs unless it is direct family and in such case it is only allowed in 1 clinic in Nagano.
Therefore many men and women are left with no alternative but to go overseas to get a donor egg.
Thanks Anonymous. About some details, then I may stand corrected but I think you miss my point. I am talking about her not dedicating to motherhood, waiting, and doing this on the public dime. I wrote: "Like I said, I cannot criticize her for wanting and having a child. I think, though, I can criticize her for doing it while on the public dime and I can criticize her for doing it at 50-years-old while a public figure. Having a child at 50 is risky enough. Doing it while still working is idiocy.
And, on that point, why wait until 50? She even wrote a book about it! Why didn't she do this sooner? The chances of complications with the child and birth defects greatly increase after age 35. Why didn't this woman act sooner for the betterment of her child? I think that is irresponsible."
Your comment about IVF is also missing the point. In-vitro fertizilation has been available in the United States since the late 1980s. My questions still stands: "Why didn't she do this sooner?" It is a question of her judgement. There is a reason why nature generally doesn't allow natural births for 50-year-old women. There is a reason why births after 35 are very risky even if they are natural. To do an unnatural pregnancy like she did is irresponsible. Under your reasoning, then, she could still have a baby at 60 and you'd think that were fine? Why stop at 60? How about 70? "70-year-old woman gives birth". 80? When does parental responsibility towards the child draw the line? I think nature decides these things... No? Ultimately, my point stands, this woman is of highly questionable judgement and character.... She is unfit for office, certainly unfit for motherhood.
PS: Anonymous at 11:10. I hope you and yours are successful at your efforts. I hope you become blessed and have a healthy child and a happy family... I really do... The difference between you and this politician? I don't pay taxes so that you can run around back and forth having surgeries in the USA on the public dime. BIG DIFFERENCE. Having a child isn't just birth either. It's a total commitment. I have 4 kids. One handicapped. I know what it means... Like I said, I've worked (still do) with Nanbyonet (Children with Incurable Diseases) and know for a fact that many mothers do their duty and stay at the hospitals with their child when they are sick. The child deserves it. This child deserves it... But doesn't get it... What conclusions can be drawn here?
"Well, as normal as a kid could when his mom will be 66-years-old and a senior citizen when he is 15!"
I had an 82 year old woman tell me 50yrs old is the age limit for having children.
If a 15yr old's parents die, the child might get an inheritance that could be useful for the child to produce something, that seems responsible. As opposed to having parents which linger and become a burden.
200 years ago People were making families and having babies and it was quite normal to do so at 15, so maybe a 15year old isn't really a child?
Come to think of it, hasn't it been considered normal for 15 year olds to be making families for thousands of years?
Last word: "'World's Oldest' Mom Gave Birth at 66, Dead at 69; Leaves Behind Twins". I am against any laws pertaining to this... But I am also against having stupid people becoming parents or politicians....
Sure, Clark, people can do what they want... Why do they think they can do it on the public dime is the real question here. I doubt that we can outlaw stupidity...
The public dime.
It was once mine.
And Oh boy do "they" ever try to outlaw stupidity. Over at ericpetersautos.com a way to refer to "they" is to call them Clovers. I've been using that word a lot lately myself.
RE: "'World's Oldest' Mom Gave Birth at 66, Dead at 69; Leaves Behind Twins".
That can happen to anyone at any age though, right?
Also, I saw an article headline today and for some reason I immediately thought of the photo of the chain of motorcycle cops in your blog post.
I suppose using the word Clover to describe many of "them" and "they" is, "perpetuating simple theories of human behavior."
I don't know so much better than calling them zombies?
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