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TorafusuTorasanDec. 11, 2014 - 06:50PM JST
Factor in flying to New Zealand and that makes it the world's most expensive movie ticket.
Posted in: No coverage at 'The Interview' premiere
TorafusuTorasanDec. 11, 2014 - 06:43PM JST
@tinawatanabe, Kick the Can Crew sampled that song in "Christmas Eve Rap"--or am I confusing that title with the Kurtis Blow song in one of those old breakdance movies.
Posted in: How come there are no new Christmas carols or songs created anymore? Why do we just keep listening to all the old favorites written decades ago?
TorafusuTorasanDec. 11, 2014 - 06:39PM JST
Did WilliB just say that Islamists in Birmingham, England, are going to attack Malala? That's her home according to the article.
Posted in: Malala vows to fight on as she shares Nobel Peace Prize
TorafusuTorasanDec. 07, 2014 - 12:48AM JST
@thon, that's interesting because I can't recall anything approaching the Zimmer-Martinez dustup between the two NY teams.
@jerseyboy, any Red Sox fan still whining about the bad half of Dice-K's career is living in the past. If I want to hear some forceful invective, I will go up to random New Yorkers and ask how they like their comeback kid A-Rod. $25 mil well spent?
Posted in: Matsuzaka returns to Japan to pitch for Softbank
TorafusuTorasanDec. 06, 2014 - 04:36PM JST
@ex_matelot, you mean peel and chop potatoes in the back of their restaurants? I highly doubt it.
Bain's Skylark will need to step up their game on this one. No fries is only one of their worries. I have a hard time picturing their chairman Ralph Alvarez going for meals at a Gusto Restaurant. He would leave before eating due to the wall of noise from the other diners, the low service standards meaning hunt down your own damn wet wipe napkins, the jostling with other customers to get a stab at the salad and curry rice bars, the unappetizing rolls, and many other issues. At least Gusto Steak has constant old-time country music playing and Texas flag decals to give it some exotic redneck roadhouse atmosphere.
Romney and Alvarez must eat at nicer restaurants owned and overseen by other people, places with good reputations and good food. Can we get Michelin to give us a score on any of the restaurants in the Skylark group?
Posted in: Airlift to ease Japan french fry shortage
TorafusuTorasanDec. 06, 2014 - 02:19PM JST
@Windandsea, the occurrence and duration of the Long Beach dockworker's strike was unpredictable. The contract breakdowns started in May this year. Gusto owners Bain Capital couldn't predict the length of a labor strike.
I wonder what menu substitutions will be made if restaurants really run out of french fries. Something a bit healthier?
TorafusuTorasanDec. 06, 2014 - 12:34PM JST
The word "airlift" in the headline makes it sound like some kind of Soviet-era political crisis, when in fact Japanese diners are flexible enough to weather long import shortages, as evidenced by the ban on U.S. beef that lasted for years and didn't lead to the gyudon shops going out of business.
@Nessie, you have a point that Romney and Bain are not the structural reason. I was being facetious or flippant. But I can imagine Romney showing the unions who's the boss by flying his potatoes over the heads of the striking dockworkers.
"Bain had its busiest year in Asia in 2011, when it acquired Japanese restaurant operator Skylark Co. for $3.4 billion including debt, data compiled by Bloomberg show."
No idea if these places have potato or butter shortages, but here are the restaurants in Bain's Skylark group:
Gurache Gardens Pasta and Pizza
Buffet Grand China
Blue Ex Buffet
Tomato and Onion
Jyu Jyu Karubi
TorafusuTorasanDec. 06, 2014 - 10:23AM JST
Out of curiosity, which team do baseball fans from Jersey follow? If it is the Bronx Bombers, then I get that the first comment is just sour grapes directed at their main rival in Boston.
TorafusuTorasanDec. 06, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
This is what happens when you have family restaurants run by investment firms in other countries.I remember reports a couple years ago about how Mitt Romney owns a stake in the Gusto restaurants. It is odd that flying in pre-cut potatoes from the U.S. is considered more cost effective than hiring someone to scrub, peel, chop, fry, and season whole potatoes sourced locally. That said, I recently tried a new type of french fry, made from reformed mashed potatoes, and it just cannot match the crispness of the standard french fry.
TorafusuTorasanNov. 27, 2014 - 03:26PM JST
I think this band also goes by the shorter name 1 D. Is that also a comment on the depth of their music?
Posted in: One Direction makes Billboard history, knocks Swift from No. 1
TorafusuTorasanNov. 27, 2014 - 03:23PM JST
Looking at the JF picture, I didn't know Ferguson protestors' "Hands up, don't shoot" had spread to Spain. Shotgun wedding?
Posted in: Figure skaters Ando, Fernandez ready to start 'happy family'
TorafusuTorasanNov. 25, 2014 - 06:51PM JST
As far as this community moving forward, an interesting fact to emerge now that grand jury notes are being released is that while he was on paid administrative leave, Darren Wilson married a fellow officer on the Ferguson Police Force, leading her to stop reporting for duty. With this type of inbred attrition further stressing the remaining officers, I don't see how it can muster the absolute professionalism needed to calmly handle a second wave of riots within a few short months. What agency is going to relieve the Ferguson Police Department of their duties, and for how long?
Posted in: Fires burn in Ferguson; gunshots heard in streets
TorafusuTorasanNov. 21, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
This article is problematic from the very first sentence, claiming that a postseason series between MLB and NPB players happens every year. If I am not mistaken, this year was the first such series in eight years.
Posted in: Japanese baseball fans disappointed by filthy conditions visiting Major Leaguers left dugout in
TorafusuTorasanNov. 19, 2014 - 08:54PM JST
Somebody scour that old Soul Asylum song "Runaway Train" for subliminal messages.
Posted in: Osaka police looking for woman who jumped in front of train and ran away
TorafusuTorasanNov. 19, 2014 - 08:51PM JST
Go the Darvish route and try to land an Olympic wrestler five years your senior.
Posted in: Nishikori admits having partner on tour 'would be nice'
TorafusuTorasanNov. 19, 2014 - 08:49PM JST
Not so fast, Peace_Man. Among other things, Peace is a brand of Japanese cigarettes. So anyone who does a peace symbol could be promoting those sinful ciggies, eh?
He was a prolific actor in 200+ plus movies. The count of his commercials could be just as high and diverse. Few people are going to bring up the CMs for liquor, coffee, or other crap that American actors make in Japan, so why is it so important?
Posted in: China mourns death of Japanese actor Takakura
TorafusuTorasanNov. 08, 2014 - 02:25PM JST
That or steel toed Birkenstocks.
Posted in: Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq
TorafusuTorasanNov. 07, 2014 - 11:11AM JST
In an alternate reality, in a far away land, there is a headline that reads:
Speaker Pelosi touts bill to repeal Romneycare, build Keystoner solar energy grid.
If Boehner sounds peeved, it's because a press conference dragged him away from his main interests: chain smoking, drinking, and shmoozing.
Posted in: U.S. Speaker Boehner touts bills to repeal Obamacare, build Keystone oil pipeline
TorafusuTorasanNov. 06, 2014 - 06:31PM JST
Yes, let's be sure to end the partisan attacks... as soon as I finish my comment...
What is the actual appeal of the "new" House and Senate leaders: Chain smoking, bourbon quaffing throwbacks like Boehner and McConnell. These are the fresh faces of the Republican revolution? No wonder Ted Cruz is being a backstabber.
Posted in: Obama vows to 'get the job done' with Republicans
TorafusuTorasanNov. 01, 2014 - 01:26PM JST
"Simple common sense"
Especially the part about Canada and Australia not locking up their returning medical workers for three weeks. It must not be election season in those countries.
Unfortunately, the quarantine is being used as a political tool. Remember that the hardest hit place in the U.S. was Dallas Presbyterian Medical Center, with one fatality and two infections, but even that outbreak was not reason enough for Texas officials to call for quarantines or shut down the hospital. It is still operating normally and employing at-risk medical staff a month later.
So a woman without any symptoms riding her bike in the sticks in northern Maine poses the highest risk? Nutty.
Posted in: Canada, Australia restrict visas amid Ebola scare
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:13AM JST
Hi tinawatanabe there are many facets of the economy that mirror financial decisions needed to be…
Posted in: BOJ strikes more upbeat view on economy, holds off fresh measures
LOL. He's such a lib. "We're going to respond to the cyberattack! Here's my response! I'm…
Posted in: Obama scolds Sony; vows U.S. response to N Korean cyberattack
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:12AM JST
When we are able to find a true medical cure for psychopathic insanity, only then will…
Posted in: How do you successfully end wars?
'Coughers' are too busy looking at their cell phones on crowded trains. No time to cover…
Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:11AM JST
So are you saying that we shoukd withhold any editorials, books, journals, etc, that criticize anybody…