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KPMG Analysis Finds That a Fraudster’s Traits Mirror Those of Pretty Much Every Boss You’ve Ever Worked For

Of course not all of your bosses are crooks…or are…nah. But just to be on the safe side, make sure you’re giving the stinkeye to anybody with the following characteristics:

• Volatility and being melodramatic, arrogant and confrontational, threatening or aggressive, when challenged.

• Performance or skills of new employees in their unit do not reflect past experiences detailed on resumes.

• Unreliability and prone to mistakes and poor performance, with a tendency to cut corners and/or bend the rules, but makes attempts to shift blame and responsibility for errors.

• Unhappy, apparently stressed and under pressure, while bullying and intimidating colleagues.

• Being surrounded by “favorites,” or people who do not challenge the fraudster, and micromanaging some employees, while keeping others at arm’s length.

• Vendors/suppliers will only deal with this individual, who also may accept generous gestures that are excessive or contrary to corporate rules.

• Persistent rumors or indications of personal bad habits, addictions or vices, possibly with a lifestyle that seems excessive for their income, or apparently personally over-extended in their finances.

• Self-interested and concerned with their own agenda, and who has opportunities to manipulate personal pay and rewards

But as we all know, the ex-stripper wife is the clincher.

[via KPMG]

Tax Day Rally Photos (2011)

Editor Note: Last Friday students from my Internet Media class (What? You think I just surf the web all day?) took to the streets of the Mile High City to cover the Tax Day Rally at the Colorado State Capitol as part of an extra credit opportunity. Their photos appear on the following pages as well as a brief commentary presented here by Nikita Blue.

Friday’s Tax Day Tea Party Protest at the Denver Capitol Building seemed more like crossword puzzle hour at Golden Meadows than a politically-charged rally to action. There was even a row of lawn chairs up front near the steps for the severely fatigued. Many a lackluster punch-line received half-hearted titters of laughter, and the crowd had already thinned significantly afMaher, conservative blogger for, opened with, “Tax the Rich! Tax the Rich! Oh, wait… wrong rally.” Onlookers were momentarily confused; possibly thinking, “Wait… does that mean she goes to Obama rallies, too?”

Then Michelle Morin, a Mom for freedom, warned her audience that there was a “long, black train coming.” (That is, a Marxist, Obamacare train.) She managed to pry a few vacillating yeah’s and whoo’s from the group with her passionate anti-Marxism sentiments. And let’s face it; trains are scary. Especially black ones.

Unfortunately, the awkward moments just kept coming. One speaker suggested that one of the Tea Party mottos should be, “Get your hands off my lollipop!” The confused hush and mumbled responses reinforced the impropriety of hands, suckables and unwanted advances.
Denver’s Tea Party was once a fiery bunch of outraged, impassioned citizens demanding acknowledgement and consideration. Sadly, this get-together packed little of the previous fiscally-conservative punch found in rallies past.

Although this humble protest began with all the necessary elements of a minority uprising, its moxie was deflated prematurely. At one point, we were encouraged to “party like it’s 1773.” (Get it? The Tea Party?) Upon examination, it seemed that we were indeed partying with all of the puritanical, long-faced sobriety of the 1700’s. All we needed now was a crumpet.

Atlas Shrugged also opened on Friday.

The rally was a formal occasion for some.

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Some people got a jump start on the early spring lawn chair sales.

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Somewhere in Denver, someone needs an editor.

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Either someone is ready to go home or doesn’t know which direction east is.

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Accountant Addicted to Love Has Been Located; First Date To Be Determined

It was just last week that Victor the Spartan was on the hunt for Lauren, an accountant addicted to love (presumably in the Robert Palmer sense).

The picture at right represented Victor’s preferred method of stalking tracking down Lauren.

And despite the odds and the skeptics, the Spartan has reported that the hunt was a success:

Found her! We have not had a chance to get together but I am excited for it to happen. You always have to try if you want something. I’m glad i did.

Now, we’d like to think we were partially responsible for this happening but there’s no indication that is the case. Anyway, best of luck and all that. We’re sure this just the beginning of a great love story that will become a best seller – “Accountants like double entry” – or something.

(UPDATE) Area Man Searching for Accountant Addicted to Love

~ Update includes the spartan’s response to our request for comment.

No. Seriously.

Reportedly at LaSalle and Erie in Chicago. Yes, we’ve emailed Victor. No, we haven’t heard back.

Sayeth Vic:

Thank you for your help Caleb! Its just amazing how many people are pitching in to help find one person. Everyone except for the one person who left a comment on your site (even though it was kind of funny). If you hear anything on the interwebs about this girl let me know! I’m thinking there is a 50/50 chance she has seen this and is highly unimpressed. Oh well you have to try.

Unimpressed? Hardly dude. It’s fate (or something).

[via @retheauditors]

Tea Party Tax Day Photos

As you’re well aware, some Tea Partiers are out and about today (not everyone stayed at home) and the Mile High City was no exception.

Being in close proximity to the Capitol, I decided to run over and check out the festivities. While it was definitely a raucous (yet peaceful) bunch they didn’t seem to mind that I wasn’t listening and was obviously more interested in sociological aspects of the gathering.

With the crowd oblivious to my mission, I was able to snap a few pics (yes, total amateur hour) of some of the more, shall we say, interesting signs.

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