According to Independent, “There has been an increasing demand to see the iconic warriors perform ‘ninja shows’ to crowds – but martial arts squads are struggling to find candidates who are up to scratch.”.
Takatsugu Aoki, the manager of a martial arts squad Nayoga, Japan, told theAsahi newspaper, “With the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan on the increase, the value of ninja as tourism content has increased. There are more employment choices, while ninja shows across the country have become popular. I feel there is a ninja shortage.”
The most entertaining part of this story about Paul Ryan’s journey to the VP nomination: the candidate’s evasion of the media, the night before.
Ryan returned home in the early afternoon and went inside through the back as he was locked out of his side door, telling reporters who stood watching on the sidewalk he must have forgotten his keys. That would be the last time anyone saw the congressman in Janesville, because sometime after 3 p.m., he exited his home into the back yard (where reporters couldn’t see) and went into the woods.
“I grew up in those woods. The house I grew up in backs up to the house I live in, so I know those woods like the back of my hand. So it wasn’t too hard to walk through them. So I just went out my back door, went through the gully in the woods I grew up playing in. I walked past the tree that has my own tree fort I built back there,” Ryan said.
Hey, Democrats, don’t feel so ashamed: why, I hear that Joe Biden once had to stand in line for the Amtrak dining car for a whole hour.
[UPDATE: CORRECTION! CORRECTION! CORRECTION! AN ALERT READER POINTS OUT THAT GLENN REYNOLDS HAD IN POINT OF FACT SPECIFIED “EVIL NINJAS!” I THUS APOLOGIZE TO GLENN REYNOLDS FOR THE ERROR, AND WILL NOW EXPIATE MY SHAME BY GETTING THE COFFEEPOT* READY FOR TOMORROW. – ML]
Surely Glenn Reynolds knows that ninja have historically been familiar with firearms for centuries; so clearly any good, patriotic American ninja would see no problem in belonging to the National Rifle Association – particularly since doing so would also help a ninja guarantee his Second Amendment rights. Not to mention Concealed Carry… and, honestly: if you can’t trust a ninja to be responsible and careful about the weapons that he bears, then who can you trust?
I will readily admit that evil ninja would be well-advised to avoid the NRA, but that’s a different story altogether.
Honestly, I don’t know what Glenn was thinking, there.
In the latest event, a sword-wielding ninja smashed 11 cars in South Union Township, PA. and tried to stab a man who confronted him, say police. Santino Guzzo said he heard glass breaking, found the ninja hiding in a yard, and was cut in the hand during the ensuing ninja escape.
“He was like a gazelle that just got attacked by a lion,” Guzzo told the Pittsburgh Trib. “He got up and fell, and got up and fell. Then he jumped off a cliff.”
Guzzo reported that he “did not move with the grace typically associated with a ninja” and that he therefore “will not live in fear of the ninja’s return.”
By the way, Boing Boing: the plural of ‘ninja’ is ‘ninja.’ Yes, yes, I know: English traditionally doesn’t give a [expletive deleted] what the grammatical rules are for other languages. But, given that ‘ninja’ means ‘night-clad assassin of DOOM’… well, do you want to offend them with your barbarian’s defiling of their native tongue?