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TorafusuTorasanJan. 27, 2015 - 03:08PM JST
I hate to be the one to break the bad news, but your band name is a toilet product line here in Japan.
Posted in: Toto to release new album after nine years
TorafusuTorasanJan. 27, 2015 - 03:05PM JST
Those banana fritter hand grenades really pack a wallop.
Posted in: Noodles spice up China-Japan tensions
TorafusuTorasanJan. 26, 2015 - 05:49PM JST
Since I haven't been able to watch very much, I'm curious if "Air Kei" jumps less than in the past to cut down on injuries? If he has made this drastic adjustment in playing technique, his continued success is all the more impressive.
Posted in: Nishikori, Serena Williams, Wawrinka advance at Australian Open quarterfinals
TorafusuTorasanJan. 22, 2015 - 09:52AM JST
'a soapy heart-to-heart' was the best line here.
Posted in: Honda blasts Asian Cup schedule
TorafusuTorasanJan. 20, 2015 - 04:47PM JST
Can't decide if I love or hate that sign's mustard yellow background. Better hate it now before having a mundane opinion becomes anathema.
Posted in: Gov't to launch campaign against hate speech
TorafusuTorasanJan. 16, 2015 - 05:40PM JST
Caving to criticism would be doing the deep bow for the cameras.
An apology sent out by fax machine has a hint of "up yours" to it, am I right?.
Posted in: Southern All Stars singer Kuwata apologizes over concert antics
TorafusuTorasanJan. 16, 2015 - 05:11PM JST
@onagagamo, what makes you think that? Notice how the article implies that Kuwata's hijinks were during a week long run of shows in Yokohama's biggest arena. That is close to the ticket sales figures that you would see for Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, etc., and since Sazan has been doing that for decades, how could their lead singer not be incredibly famous in Japan? Go survey 100 people under the age of 70 and see how many never heard of him.
TorafusuTorasanJan. 12, 2015 - 08:21PM JST
An interview I saw with the Palestinian captain said he is from Gaza but lives and trains in West Bank. He can't travel back to see his family with the rigid restictions in place. If this is the situation for all the players, then they are all current residents of the West Bank.
Posted in: Japan opens Asian Cup with 4-0 win over Palestine
TorafusuTorasanJan. 05, 2015 - 09:12PM JST
Marxist power couple, that's kinda catchy. But why do I have the feelng that anyone to the left of the Marx brothers is a commie in the eyes of Joe Bigs McCarthy.
Posted in: NY mayor eulogizes slain officer as police outside turn backs on him
TorafusuTorasanJan. 05, 2015 - 08:25PM JST
Wow, so if the photo was not used by Japan Today, then it is inadmissable. The point is, the funerals were attended by police from across America, who displayed varying levels of seriousness and good or poor judgment knowing the whole country is watching. A contingent of Asian police went from Minneapolis, so it was big news there. I've not found any photos of Asian cops protesting though. Why could that be?
TorafusuTorasanJan. 05, 2015 - 07:54PM JST
@WilliB, Take a look at the Sam Hodgson photo being used by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, for example. Look at the big grin on the backwards cop in the top right corner clowning around at a g-damn funeral! Then notice the sumo sized officers in the lower left. Black officer facing forward, white sumo turning around with his pals just for sh¥ts and giggles. Also, see the photo of DeBlasio getting saluted by a black officer at the second funeral. Now there is an honorable gesture that deserves a promotion in rank.
TorafusuTorasanJan. 05, 2015 - 01:07PM JST
It's a bit discouraging to see the pictures of the police turning away. They seem to be in segregated units--older white officers quick to turn away and younger Asian and black officers saluting or at least facing ahead. I guess each generation has something new to teach the last.
The NYPD work slowdown over the past week is minor compared to what happened in Rome, a city with an understaffed 500 officer force. More than 80% called in sick on New Years Eve, obviously a time when the city expected all hands on deck.
TorafusuTorasanJan. 05, 2015 - 09:33AM JST
Strange headline. I was picturing those Pixar anime characters demonstrating.
Posted in: Cars rally against Futenma base
TorafusuTorasanJan. 03, 2015 - 12:28PM JST
Sanctions as a setup to invade a country? The old brain must be getting feeble. Could have sworn that has happened before but I can't quite place the when, why, or who. Can any armchair historians out there help me out?
Posted in: U.S. slaps sanctions on North Korea after Sony hack
TorafusuTorasanJan. 03, 2015 - 02:51AM JST
With David Duke threatening to name names and run interference for Scalise turning into the top political story so far this year, Jeb better make sure every campaign speech is 50% Spanish to counteract fears about his party.
Posted in: Jeb Bush resigns from remaining board memberships
TorafusuTorasanJan. 03, 2015 - 12:20AM JST
@wipeout, that's a little harsh. Our buddy Bass got something right earlier. Jeb Bush does have a politician son. You're never going to guess his name, but I sh¥t ya not the guy is named George Prescott Bush! He just got elected to run a state mineral rights agency in Texas. I guess there were no other 30 something Floridians available for the job. Naw, ain't no nepotism involved, no way, no how. As for his old man, pushing sixty and out of office for a decade, don't know if Jeb is really as popular outside Florida as he thinks. But maybe reflecting and winning over semi-retired comfortable rich folks is the key to the next election. First Abenomics, next Jebenomics?
TorafusuTorasanDec. 30, 2014 - 01:08PM JST
That quote is from a vegetable shop owner who is waiting for the day when young people rush in to buy his produce. Sorry, but that kind of shop being the domain of fogies is a given.
Posted in: Why the U.S. will power the world economy in 2015
TorafusuTorasanDec. 30, 2014 - 12:56PM JST
Interesting comments above.
For more on this, see an article in the Atlantic magazine called The Tragedy of the American Military.
Posted in: Bradley Cooper sets high targets in new film 'American Sniper'
TorafusuTorasanDec. 29, 2014 - 01:00PM JST
This is mostly about the NYPD union negotiating their new contract. The police are symbolically turning up their nose at what the city wants to offer them.
Posted in: New York police commissioner: Less rhetoric, more dialogue needed
TorafusuTorasanDec. 29, 2014 - 10:46AM JST
@gogogo, he's overcompensating for his tweet-gaffe earlier this year when he claimed the missing Malaysian Airlines had already landed.
Posted in: Search expands for missing AirAsia plane carrying 162
Feb. 02, 2015 - 01:34AM JST
Well Nishikori lost to Wawrinka but he still gave him a fight even if it's in…
Posted in: Djokovic beats Wawrinka to reach Australian Open final
Feb. 02, 2015 - 01:31AM JST
Personally, i hope Sarah Palin runs for president. I can only picture a sad rehash of…
Posted in: Romney departure resets 2016 Republican field
Clinically dead is not the same as brain dead. There is a huge difference, and until…
Posted in: Parents explain why they donated organs of dead 4-year-old daughter
Feb. 02, 2015 - 01:15AM JST
Right on pukey too.
It makes me puke too.
Posted in: Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter
Feb. 02, 2015 - 01:03AM JST
This is news? Anther punk with too much time on his hands.
Posted in: Justin Bieber apologizes for bad behavior in online video