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TorafusuTorasanMay. 18, 2013 - 03:54PM JST
The thief "hoping to be processed in time for lunch" was a great line in this story.
@jump Didn't realize the two guys mentioned in this story are indicative of all of humanity. Is everyone you know clamoring for a chance to try the exclusive cuisine known as kamben?
Posted in: Hungry for justice (and jail bento), Kobe thief turns himself in
TorafusuTorasanMay. 16, 2013 - 11:58PM JST
Gee whiz Lizz, this supposed scandal is not about Karl Rove and lesser known activists trying to shift blame away,from their failures to get results in last years election? We have to take your suppositions at face value because you think Karl Rove is above partisan dirty tricks? Tea Party is by nature antitax and antigovernment, so of course they complained about the IRS. Maybe they complined too vociferously and brought the unwanted audits on themselves.
"Even if there wasnt any malfeasance, Mr Obama is still guilty" of some vague whatever. As a former law professor, Obama would probably just give his lawyers the day off and amplify the hesitancy in your accusations.
Posted in: U.S. tax chief ousted in scandal
TorafusuTorasanMay. 16, 2013 - 09:39PM JST
I thought of a slick slogan that rolls these scandals of the month into one bite size morsel. "Its all about the Benghamins."
Has the statute of limitations related to endless pallets of taxpayer money given to everyone and his brother in Iraqistan already passed? My how time flies.
TorafusuTorasanMay. 15, 2013 - 03:54PM JST
I suppose if the Tea Party had cared enough to get organized back in 2006, they would have found parts of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act complaint-worthy. Two of the three provisions listed just after the whistleblower rewards program:
" An increase of the penalty for frivolous tax submissions from $500 to $5,000 and an extension of the scope of the penalty.
Increased information sharing between the IRS and certain regional governmental organizations."
"Frivolous" tax returns seem pretty subjective, and "certain regional governmental organizations" is too vague for me.
Now it's seven years after the fact. A little slow on the old outrage reflex, aren't we?
Posted in: FBI opens criminal probe of U.S. tax agency
TorafusuTorasanMay. 15, 2013 - 03:07PM JST
No guesses on whose watch the IRS whistleblower program was started?
Hint: It's a hirsute (or leafy) four letter word. Even the namesake probably gets a smirk saying it.
TorafusuTorasanMay. 15, 2013 - 02:53PM JST
@Jean, "policy currently in effect...comes from the very top"
It's not a new policy. I won't spell out which president it was created under, but anyone who was a cognizant adult seven years ago should be able to figure it out:
"the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 created a whistleblower rewards program for individuals informing the IRS of tax fraud"
TorafusuTorasanMay. 15, 2013 - 01:45PM JST
LOL @ "Chic and Chung" and the follow up corrections.
The idea of a Nile Rodgers/Wang Chung collaboration is badass. Daft Punk's new music is mining that 80's vein.
As for the manufactured outrage over the IRS audits, did you know that rewards are offered to people who turn in tax cheats? The increased scrutiny could be the result of complaints people were submitting about the tax averse tea party members cheating on their taxes. In the case of the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a $30,000 unpaid tax bill cost him his job only a month after getting hired. Don't tell me the tips weren't pouring in about a tax cheater in such a visible public position (same goes for Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS flaunting their tax-free millions).
TorafusuTorasanMay. 13, 2013 - 09:53PM JST
I hope Bass is locked and loaded over in wild west Kyushu. Jean just got called the L word for the first time in his life, and my guess is that he is not taking it well. Petty name calling was probably a factor in the NOLA parade shootings, too. Good call with the friendly fire, Get Real.
Posted in: Gunmen open fire at New Orleans Mother’s Day parade; 19 wounded
TorafusuTorasanMay. 13, 2013 - 10:04AM JST
Scrote, if the shooters had been wearing badges, it would be just another day of post Katrina mayhem. Hey, that makes me wonder about this case. How many ex cops are doing time for unjustified shootings after Katrina, at least a dozen or two?
TorafusuTorasanMay. 13, 2013 - 01:19AM JST
This was a good opportunity to go read a summary of Iran Contra. The people naively thinking that Benghazi is going to result in arrests of top US officials only need to study the case of Bill Breeden, the only American to do time for anything distantly connected to that embarrassing fiasco.
Posted in: New info on Benghazi attack fuels Republican case
TorafusuTorasanMay. 13, 2013 - 12:36AM JST
Lizz, thanks for the prompt reply. As for the Rand Paul statement, the weakest links in his thinking are when he admits it is purely speculation: "I have no evidence, that maybe we were..."
Hell, if he has no evidence, then I am going to do some speculating that Mr. Paul spends a lot of time grandstanding for his followers on the flimsiest of pretenses.
TorafusuTorasanMay. 12, 2013 - 11:59PM JST
Romney would have rushed the US into a war by now? Somehow I doubt he would have tackled this any differently, except getting John Stockton and Karl Malone to double team Rodman and show young Kim the superiority of Utah hoops. But I digress.
Posted in: Dennis Rodman says he is heading back to N Korea
TorafusuTorasanMay. 12, 2013 - 11:49PM JST
Lizz, dont be so glib about the consequences of starting a war. You think people want to die just to give you something to chat about on this website?
TorafusuTorasanMay. 12, 2013 - 11:39PM JST
The comments here are off the deep end.
Laguna, theres no way your 41 or 42 per day KIA is correct. You probably me,nt per month.
Jean, you may want to reconsider putting dies and toast in the same sentence as Obama. His entourage? Obama is black, so he rolls with a crew like any other boxer or rapper. HA!
Lizz, you toss phrases like "fueled speculation" that this is similar to Iran Contra, without telling us who is speculating. Anyone important?
TorafusuTorasanMay. 12, 2013 - 10:46PM JST
Calling for arrests related to Benghazi would be like trying to arrest oil company execs for those ten oil field workers from Japan who got caught in the crossfire in Algeria. Funny, but I dont remember anyone calling for that, or for arresting anyone for 9.11.01 despite glaring negligence allowing the worst terror attack in US history. Memories must be awfully short.
TorafusuTorasanMay. 10, 2013 - 02:09PM JST
@FizzBit I'm going to guess that all the English teachers Yuri knows in Oklahoma are paid in yen and have to convert it every paycheck. Shopping with yen in Oklahoma must be a real pain. Either that or Yuri is repatriating her dollars to yen for an eventual return to Japan.
Posted in: Nikkei surges past 5-year high as dollar tops 100 yen
TorafusuTorasanMay. 08, 2013 - 02:29PM JST
@Frungy "not a single direct reference to military personnel sexually assaulting civilians"
How did you interpret paragraph three? What I read seems pretty clear: "Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, was removed from his job as head of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office after he was charged with sexual battery for allegedly grabbing a civilian woman by the breasts and buttocks."
Posted in: Pentagon report shows 37% jump in sex crimes in military
TorafusuTorasanMay. 02, 2013 - 11:41PM JST
The parents must be giving junior a thrashing for that stunt. Or else so proud of the tyke for winning the county its first ever Darwin Award. His research into natural selection looks set to win a blue ribbon at the science fair.
Posted in: Kentucky boy, 5, fatally shoots 2-year-old sister with rifle given to him as gift
TorafusuTorasanApr. 26, 2013 - 08:05PM JST
@Laguna "the watercolors he made of himself showering"
To be fair to Dubya, those images were obtained by hacking. I doubt he ever wanted such embarrassingly bad artwork seen by the public. He has tried to compensate recently with portraits of terriers, which show more polish but lack the high concept of seeing a 60-something dude washing away the sweat after a hard day watching baseball.
The town of Crawford is reportedly returning to ghost town status. The last restaurant closed recently, and Laura Bush made an unscheduled visit to calm locals' fears that the "White House of the West" is up for sale. If Bush had cared about rural Texas more, he would have heeded the locals and installed his library at Baylor in Waco. I guess the glitzy sheen of Dallas won out in the end--how much fun is it to clear brush all day, anyway.
Posted in: Obama, ex-presidents praise 'resolute' Bush at library opening
TorafusuTorasanApr. 26, 2013 - 01:39PM JST
Hey, that was a good one about not knowing what a library was before he opened his own.
@LAcajun, by 2016 Jeb will have been out of office for a long time, maybe six years? That's getting into Romney territory. Romney tried to morph from Bostonian broker to Midwestern small businessman, so I'm counting on Jeb to do something similar.
If Jeb does make a run for it, he could buy up a crawfish farm in Louisiana and sell bait on the side to shore up his "man of the people" image. The tough part will be deciding which Doug Kershaw song , "Diggy Liggy Lo" or "Cajun Stripper" to blast at his campaign events. Hire Bobby Jindal as his regional campaign coordinator, and have weekend lock-in Katrina-themed fundraisers at the Superdome, with police gangs taking target practice on civilian "suspects"...
Hunter S. Thompson would enjoy the spectacle of a Bush/Paul ticket in 2016.
May. 22, 2013 - 11:41AM JST
Ah yes. Price fixing. A long-honored "tradition" in J-business.
Just like pizza places, the hotel industry…
Posted in: Denso execs to plead guilty to price fixing in Toyota case in U.S.
Xbox 360 won’t work on the new system
Well that sucks, I don't have any space…
Posted in: Microsoft touts Xbox One as all-in-one entertainment
May. 22, 2013 - 11:37AM JST
So this is how you build a house of cards. Cool
Let's see what happens when…
Posted in: Gov't panel warns of dangers if debt not addressed
May. 22, 2013 - 11:36AM JST
Realistically, I think TEPCO owes compensation to just about everybody in Kanto or even the whole…
Posted in: Hundreds of Miyagi residents seek equal compensation as Fukushima
Upgrayedd. So why did Japan have a deficit while the nuclear plants were running? Was that…
Posted in: Japan's trade deficit expands nearly 70% in April