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LizzMay. 19, 2013 - 10:28AM JST
In Japan, he probably wouldn't have gotten through the door, guilt by nationality.
It seems to have gone down on the street outside the club....in any case, the story is obviously quite horrifying for a victim of any age or race, particularly troubling is the fact that two men involved have been identified but as yet not arrested.
Posted in: German resort island shaken over Japanese chef's murder
LizzMay. 19, 2013 - 08:57AM JST
Nozawa probably tried to stop the Germans from leaving without paying. He should have called the police instead.
The reports I have read indicate that these two 'skilled workers' did leave without paying but caught up with Nozawa later where the altercation took place, possibly at a dance or nightclub type venue. His ex-wife is charging the locals with racism and the police for being reluctant to recognize right wing hate crime. What universe do you live in where the violent death of a world renowned chef over his meal is not news, regardless of the nationality involved ?
LizzMay. 19, 2013 - 07:28AM JST
Discrimination against law abiding Americans within the EPA and IRS are clear violations of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause. And what is even more chilling the pattern is no doubt being repeated at every other agency that performs any kind of regulatory or enforcement function (Justice Dept. for sure).
Posted in: Outgoing IRS chief insists abuses were not political
LizzMay. 18, 2013 - 10:42AM JST
The numbers are still coming together obviously but there was an article in the Washington Post listing the names of 3 or 4 liberal groups that had been harassed -- while applications with Patriot, tea party, 9/12 or "educating about the Consititution" etc in their names were set aside by the hundreds. All the senators who wrote the IRS requesting Commissioner Shulman to dig into the activities of 501(c)(4) groups involved in political activity were also Democrats. The rationale that the agency was forced to "triage" requests due to a surge in applications has likewise been satisfactorily debunked.
LizzMay. 17, 2013 - 12:02AM JST
Whichever agency was responsible directly altering the talking points, and there are names out there from State as well as the CIA, Hillary Clinton and Obama both knew from the start that this attack had nothing to do with the baloney video. We were lied to by a government that is supposed to serve us. Rice lied on TV. Clinton lied to the press and in front of Congress. Obama mislead the UN. Money was spent to lie in foreign ads to apologize for the video. And the president moved heaven and earth to avoid any appearance of responsibility.
Posted in: White House releases Benghazi emails
LizzMay. 16, 2013 - 10:57PM JST
Did Mr.Obama instruct this idiot Steve Miller at the IRS to go after the Tea Party, the Republicans, the KKK etc...I really, really doubt it.
So where does negligence end and intent begin ? The White House knew of complaints by Tea Party groups against the iRS months ago and deliberately kept their distance. Because the president's staff was either explicitly instructed to keep stuff like this away from him or implicitly understood his desire to remain blameless and above the fray ? In that scenario, what’s the difference between “passivity” or “disinterest” and intentionally looking the other way? It sounds to me, like even if there wasn't any malfeasance, Mr. Obama is guilty of gross negligence.
Posted in: U.S. tax chief ousted in scandal
LizzMay. 16, 2013 - 10:12PM JST
Why must there be a fire? Is out of necessity to be critical of Obama for the sake of being critical?
You know it's going to be a bad day when your best friends defend you by pointing out that you are 1) too lazy and addlebrained to commit the crimes of which you are accused and 2) when your best defense against corruption is that you are just too incompetent to do the job against a government you are keen to grow that is suddenly and conveniently simply too enormous for anyone to effectively manage.
LizzMay. 15, 2013 - 12:42AM JST
it was Obama himself that said he was lazy back in 2011 and too bad he's not mad enough over Benghazi, IRS, etc. to fire some people after allegedly discovering the scandal on TV on Friday night and cooling his heels until the sole question allowed during his joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Contrast this when topics like gays in sports or rap music are broached that literally have him running back to the mic to answer.
Posted in: Obama calls IRS targeting of conservative groups outrageous
LizzMay. 14, 2013 - 10:42PM JST
Go through that website and tell me their primary purpose isn't that of a political group. These guys are tax dodgers, pure and simple. On top of that, they enjoy a perk of not having to disclose their donor list. Anyone can buy their own political 501.
Isn't Obama's political action group and permanent campaign apparatus Organizing for Action also now registered as a 501 ? Which doesn't necessarily imply the group is pushing the limits of IRS rules simply because after the election it morphed into a non-profit, social welfare organization that is still heavily affiliated with the Democratic party....
LizzMay. 14, 2013 - 09:03PM JST
Storm in a teacup: 25% of the groups targeted for extra review have a natural political aversion to paying tax!
So collecting taxes illegally is not overstepping boundaries set in the Constitution by that logic.....The government may “fund” a government effort by begging to the public if it doesn't like what Congress has provided for, which it is already carrying on under Sebelius, with the legitimate threat now of an IRS audit or phone tap if you don't comply. As John Boehner has already said, they better have a good explanation for why they felt it necessary to do this. I can hardly wait to hear what they have to say.
LizzMay. 14, 2013 - 02:49PM JST
It is also pretty safe to assume that when the Repubs were in office they probably did the very same thing.
And the Democrats weren't up in arms under Bush ? This has been going on apparently since 2010 and I seriously doubt they have targeted leftist organizations in the same way or we would hear the screaming from the rooftops right this second. It is also a practice that apparently also extends up the chain. McConnell is now concerned the Department of Health and Human Services has been "contacting businesses skeptical about the implementation of Obamacare and asking them to contribute money to sell the program to the American people which is absolutely improper if not illegal."
LizzMay. 14, 2013 - 08:52AM JST
It clearly went beyond tea party to organizations centered around lower government spending, government debt, taxes, etc. If the IRS was doing it at such a high level there needs to be an investigation into what other federal agencies are inappropriately targeting conservatives and a smaller government agenda.
LizzMay. 13, 2013 - 10:42AM JST
Too funny. He might want to try an interview, as in asking Clinton some questions, next time. It is just possible you will uncover a fact here and there you couldn't have presumed beforehand. And then remember to not just to jot down a few notes but to either use stenographers to transcribe witness interviews or record the answers in full -- investigation process 101 used by real professionals.
Posted in: Review chairman: Clinton didn't make Benghazi call
LizzMay. 13, 2013 - 10:29AM JST
America seems to be sliding more and more into third-world anarchy.
You should have been here 20 years ago.... because believe it or not gun violence in the country has dropped dramatically nationwide over the past two decades.
Posted in: Gunmen open fire at New Orleans Mother’s Day parade; 19 wounded
LizzMay. 13, 2013 - 09:44AM JST
Someone in the crowd will definitely know who did it. The police only had to put out a description of "dark skinned" to make it look they they were doing their job because the story unfortunately got picked up as an Adam Lanza type event even half way around the world to Japanese language papers.
LizzMay. 13, 2013 - 08:33AM JST
Probably a drug or gang related normal going on for the area....all black neighborhood, all black victims and two or more shooters...very sad but nothing to do with Mothers Day or parades in particular.
LizzMay. 13, 2013 - 05:13AM JST
On the assumption this is a partisan witchhunt, a heck of a lot of liberals from MSNBC to Dennis Kucinich to the New Yorker magazine are likewise suddenly jumping on the bandwagon to trash Obama for the deaths and then politicizing them.
Excellent quote from Kucinich too:
“Look, we went into Benghazi under the assumption that somehow there was going to be a massacre in Benghazi. So we went there to protect the Libyan people. We couldn’t go in to protect our own Americans who were serving there? I’m offended by this, and there has to be real answers to the questions being raised.”
Posted in: New info on Benghazi attack fuels Republican case
LizzMay. 13, 2013 - 01:59AM JST
And where exactly is the evidence that Ambassador Stevens made the decision to travel to Benghazi independently of Washington, as per the administration's Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigation. Gregory Hicks in fact testified in the hearing that Stevens had cleared the assignment to establish a permanent constituent post or diplomatic presence with the State Department well prior to mid September but was denied an opportunity to review his own statements for accuracy in the classified WH report. Paul should have been harder on Clinton at the first round of hearings. There is still more than enough lack of accountability and self-serving gaps in the record to trigger a more thorough investigation.
LizzMay. 13, 2013 - 12:13AM JST
I'm just saying that this is an aspect of the story that has received little coverage and whether there is an official investigation remains to be seen. Sen. Rand Paul is the one I am familiar with publicly pushing the line that the U.S. effort in Libya was at its heart a CIA operation to smuggle weapons through Benghazi. This from a spot on CNN weeks after the attack: “I’ve always actually suspected, although I have no evidence, that maybe we were facilitating arms leaving Libya, going through Turkey into Syria. In the week preceding this, the New York Times has reported that there was a Turkish ship taking Libyan arms and giving them to Syrians. . . . Were they trying to obscure that there was an arms operation going on at the CIA annex?”
LizzMay. 12, 2013 - 11:01PM JST
I am old enough to remember talk of impeachment of Reagan amidst the Iran-Contra scandal;
What was Ambassador Stevens doing in a virtually unguarded security outpost on 9-11 in the first place ? Who goes to bed at 5:15 in the middle of a crisis ? Not the president surely. So many questions and still so few answers has fueled speculation that this may also come down to a gun running or arms smuggling operation.
May. 21, 2013 - 02:01AM JST
I support drone strikes.
This is like saying, I support suicide bombers and the attacks on…
Posted in: Obama to go public with his counterterrorism strategy
May. 21, 2013 - 01:56AM JST
Not that I am cheering for one group over an another but I just want to…
Posted in: Hezbollah steps up fighting in Syria; Israel threatens more strikes
May. 21, 2013 - 01:42AM JST
China can not project power and that ability to project power to all corners of the…
Posted in: China trying to strengthen its claim to Okinawa
May. 21, 2013 - 01:25AM JST
How about letting the Okinawans have Okinawa? seems fairest to me.
Yes, that's the best way.…
May. 21, 2013 - 01:11AM JST
so Japanese people are in denial.
Posted in: Companies Japanese people are most proud of