I completely forgot that over the weekend we switched times so now everyone has to turn their clocks back. I do hope you ppl will excuse me, I’ve been really empty-minded lately because weekends are usually Pokemon time and homework time for me, so I tend to forget about the time switch. No matter, it’s Monday and that means tonight’s is the beginning of yet another week of stress. Woohoo!!

Let’s start with the Sankaku article about…girls.

Top 10 Manga Girls, According to 2ch

Author: Leon

Painstaking analysis of 2ch thread activity has revealed just who their favourite manga characters are, with none other than the sexiest non-ero-manga of all time dominating all comers, quite literally as it happens.

The ranking, based on character thread activity on select boards:

1. Momo Velia Deviluke (To Love-Ru)

2. Alluka Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)

3. Kotegawa Yui (To Love-Ru)

4. Sairenji Haruna (To Love-Ru)

5. Tsurara Oikawa (Nurarihyon no Mago)

6. Nami (One Piece)

7. Inoue Orihime (Bleach)

8. Kagura (Gintama)

9. Galatea (Claymore)

10. Kuchiki Rukia (Bleach)

All this has prompted an outpuring of Momo-love on 2ch

Huge gallery thanks to 2ch aka 2chan.

Next up…Aya Hirano’s Rolling Stone article

Aya Hirano Reborn – On Rolling Stone’s Cover

Author: Artefact

Aya Hirano has made the cover of the Japanese edition of top music rag Rolling Stone, rock and roll diva that she is.

The rag promises a “long interview” with Hirano about the direction of what remains of her career, sure to be an fascinating prospect given her long-held reputation as a deep thinker.

As it is neither Twitter nor a gossip-laden tabloid, neither scandalous utterances or difficult questions seem likely, but with Hirano surely anything is possible.

The reasons behind the astonishing resilience of her career are the subject of some speculation – and admiration:

“She’s starting something else, again?”

“Aya’s an angel!”

“She doesn’t have any fans left though – who’s going to buy this?”

“What is up with those clothes and that pose…”

“I don’t think much of that outfit.”

“Go to some auditions and announce some proper work for once!”

“Supposedly she has secured some proper roles for winter.”

“She’s no good for anything but bitch characters now.”

“Well, she certainly has the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle down.”

“What ever happened to that poor bassist of hers?”

“The Japanese version is really down market though, they even had AKB on their cover. It’s just an idol magazine really.”

“So there is still a mag which will take her. I remember buying it when they had Rei on the cover.”

“This rag has no sense at all though. They’ve had Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, 2NE, etc.”

“Given that she keeps switching jobs, she’s quite a rolling stone herself.”

“To still pull stuff like this she must have some pretty amazing connections behind her. Who is protecting her? Her parents?”

“What the hell is behind her?”

I find it funny Hirano wants to do a bunch of stuff to please her fans and yet she’s clearly biting off more than she can chew and she’s not Jon C.J. Grahm either, so ytf is she doing this again?

She’s officially the Lady Gaga of the seiyuu industry in Japan. 🙄

Last entry is a figure of Saber from Fate/Zero.

Fate/Zero Saber Figma

Author: Leon

Since obvious gallery post is obvious. I’ll just post the text.

Newly aired Saber anime Fate/Zero‘s latest version of Saber is to receive a Figma, clad in nothing less than a fine black suit and wielding a sharp pointy thing.

To be released in March 2012, by Max Factory

Moving onto Europe and US.

Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty in Death of Michael Jackson

By Daniel Kreps | Amplifier

After nearly six weeks of testimony and 10 hours of deliberation, the jury in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has reached a verdict: Guilty. With that judgment, the 12 jurors unanimously agreed that Murray was solely responsible for causing Jackson’s death by administering a deadly dose of the powerful sedative Propofol to the King of Pop. Jackson, who complained of insomnia in his final months, used the sedative as a sleeping agent, even though Propofol is only meant for surgical operations.

Jackson’s parents Joe and Katherine and many of Michael’s siblings (but not his three children) were on hand to observe the verdict. “I’m shaking uncontrollably,” La Toya Jackson tweeted on her way to the Los Angeles courthouse. “Michael’s spirit will be with us in the court room and he will make sure the right verdict is made.” When the guilty verdict was read, a brief gasp of approval could be heard in the courtroom, but the court quickly regained order. Outside, hundreds of Jackson fans celebrated the guilty verdict (Watch video of the reaction).

After the verdict, having been found guilty of a felony, Murray’s bail was denied and the doctor was remanded into custody until his sentencing. Then, the moment Jackson fans had been waiting for: Dr. Murray in handcuffs, being led out of the courtroom. Judge Michael Pastor will next decide Murray’s fate on Tuesday, November 29th: The doctor faces a sentence of probation, a revoked medical license, and potentially four years in prison.

Anyone who watched the trial on a daily basis knew that a guilty verdict was essentially a foregone conclusion. The prosecution called witness after witness that painted a damning case against the doctor: Jackson bodyguards testified about how Murray acted improperly when trying to resuscitate the singer, how the doc failed to call paramedics in a timely matter, and Murray attempted to hide medical evidence in the hours after Jackson’s death.

Paramedics corroborated much of that testimony, and the Los Angeles coroner and medical experts who specialized in sedatives also told the court that an overdose of Propofol was what caused Jackson to suffer cardiac arrest. Three of Murray’s girlfriends said on the stand that the doctor had called them the night Jackson died, which suggested that he wasn’t paying attention to his world famous patient. Even Murray’s own interview with police investigators helped cement the case against him.

Murray’s defense, meanwhile, responded with a strategy that suggested a suicidal Jackson administered the fatal dose of Propofol to himself, even though there was no evidence of Jackson’s fingerprints on the sedative’s vials. They also tried to imply evidence tampering and that other doctors were to blame for Jackson’s drug addiction. In a Hail Mary move, the defense called some of the patients who loved and respected Murray to the stand in an attempt to humanize him to the jury, but by that point the burden of guilt had already weighed heavily against the defense. Murray had an opportunity to call himself as a defense witness and explain what happened the night of June 25, 2009, but he declined.

Finally, over two years after the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop’s family and fans finally have some closure. “Justice. Justice was served. It wasn’t enough time though. Michael was with us,” Jermaine Jackson told HLN as he exited the courthouse. “I’m just happy it’s over with. Nothing will bring [Michael] back, but I’m happy [Murray] was found guilty,” sister Rebbie told reporters. La Toya added, “Thank you America, thank all the fans, thank the prosecuting team, everyone was great. Michael was in that courtroom, that’s why victory was served.”

Frankly, I think it’s about time. This case went on far too long. Dr. Murray’s actions were highly unfitting for someone in the medical profession, and makes one wonder just how qualified he really was.

Next up…Cain assaulted for groping.

Woman Accuses Cain of Groping; He Denies Charge

By and

Putting a face and a name for the first time to accusations of sexual harassment against the Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, a woman stepped forward on Monday to say that Mr. Cain made an unwanted physical advance on her 14 years ago when he was the chief of the National Restaurant Association.

Speaking before a phalanx of journalists in Manhattan, the woman, Sharon Bialek, said she asked Mr. Cain for employment help in 1997 after being fired from the association’s education foundation.

After taking her out for a night on the town in Washington, she said, he suggested she engage with him sexually in return for his assistance — seizing her inappropriately when they were alone in a car and running his hand up her skirt.

“Mr. Cain said, ‘You want a job, right?’ ” she said.

Sometimes emotional, at other times clearly nervous, Ms. Bialek said she decided to speak publicly to support the other women who have made accusations against Mr. Cain but who will not reveal their names, because of either fear or legal agreements to stay quiet.

Mr. Cain’s campaign immediately denied her account and said Mr. Cain had not harassed anyone, maintaining an aggressive strategy of fighting back and trying to contain any political damage.

Ms. Bialek was the first accuser to publicly allege physical contact on Mr. Cain’s part, challenging his descriptions of misunderstandings about jokes and his denials that he had harassed anyone.

“I want you, Mr. Cain, to come clean,” she said.

Her appearance on Monday propelled another accusation of inappropriate sexual conduct against Mr. Cain to center stage in the Republican presidential nominating contest.

A new poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal showed him continuing to run at the front of the Republican presidential pack.

The latest accusation was met with further calls from some conservative leaders for Mr. Cain to explain himself more fully, and with a mix of chagrin and defiance from some of his supporters, who blamed the news media for fueling the ongoing controversy.

Ms. Bialek, a Republican from Chicago, is the fourth woman known to have leveled an accusation of sexual harassment against Mr. Cain; she was the first to speak publicly about it, or even to share her identity, though she offered little corroboration beyond two affidavits from unnamed friends who said she told them about the encounter at the time.

After vowing to ignore further questions about the accusations, Mr. Cain released a commentary late Monday that included a blistering attack on the news media for “this so-called story.” Calling the coverage “a hatchet job,” he wrote, “It’s easy to make accusations when, by virtue of your anonymity, you don’t have to be held accountable for the claims you’re making.”

The Cain campaign also sought to cast doubt on Ms. Bialek by noting that she was being represented by Gloria Allred, a lawyer specializes in sensational cases involving powerful men and women who have been entangled with them, including two who claimed to be mistresses of the golfer Tiger Woods.

But while there was a raucous atmosphere at her briefing — which was held at the Friars Club and was replete with a mouthy representative from Howard Stern’s radio program — Ms. Bialek offered a highly detailed and graphic account of an incident that sounded to some legal experts like it went beyond sexual harassment with its allegation of rough physical contact.

Ms. Bialek said she was fired from the association’s educational foundation in 1997 after roughly a year working there, based on what she said she believed to be an unfair judgment that she had been a poor fund-raiser.

Ms. Bialek said Mr. Cain first surprised her by upgrading her room at the Capital Hilton to a grandiose suite, and letting her know that he had done so after meeting her there for drinks in a lobby bar. She said he then took her to dinner at an Italian restaurant, after which he offered to drive her home, making his approach in the parked car.

As she described it, Mr. Cain ran his hand up her skirt, “reached for my genitals” and pulled her head toward his crotch. “I said, ‘What are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend; this isn’t what I came here for,’ ” Ms. Bialek said, her voice cracking. “Mr. Cain said, ‘You want a job, right?’ ”

She said when she asked him to take her home he did so, “right away.”

Though Mr. Cain did not have control of the education foundation, Ms. Bialek said she had hoped that he could help her find a job at the association, one of its state affiliates or even to help her get her old job back. She said she had come to know Mr. Cain at work events.

Joel P. Bennett, a lawyer for another of Mr. Cain’s accusers, called Ms. Bialek’s description of the encounter “very similar” to Mr. Cain’s interaction with his client, who he has said received several inappropriate advances from him. Without going in details, Mr. Bennett said, “It corroborates the claim.”

Ms. Allred said Ms. Bialek found her — not the other way around — because of her reputation in high-profile sexual harassment cases. Addressing efforts by Mr. Cain’s campaign to mock Ms. Allred’s involvement — a morning Twitter post from his campaign asked, “What took you so long?” — Ms. Allred said, “For them to try to discount this is sad.”

Ms. Allred said she corroborated Ms. Bialek’s account with two male friends with whom Ms. Bialek shared parts of it at the time, an ex-boyfriend who is a doctor and a longtime mentor who is a businessman. She said she did not have permission to share their names but read passages from sworn affidavits.

Ms. Allred said Ms. Bialek was not suing and was not seeking profit in a series of interviews she was to give, starting with Piers Morgan of CNN on Monday night and continuing with the network morning shows Tuesday.

Ms. Bialek has struggled financially, with a 2001 bankruptcy filing and a 2009 lien from the Internal Revenue Service for $5,176 in unpaid taxes.

Since news of the accusations against Mr. Cain first surfaced on Politico two Sundays ago, Mr. Cain has sought to avoid going into too many details about the alleged incidents. But calls increased on Monday for him to address the claims more directly. “Mr. Cain needs to address these new allegations head on,” read a statement from Penny Nance, the president of the group Concerned Women for America.

But at an event in Davenport, Iowa, for an opponent of Mr. Cain, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, some attendees said they were still willing to give Mr. Cain the benefit of the doubt.

“The media can skew things,” said Justin Thompson, 24, who is studying to be a chiropractor. “It could be true, it could not be, but I’d like to hear what he has to say in person.”

A black Republican is bad enough, but a black Republican who is accused of grope or sexual acts is pretty much all the world wants to see to prove that Republicans are nothing more than America’s dark side and it only Further proves to the rest of the world Americans are foolish and despicable people. Yes, Republicans are making us look bad, but it’s not just Republicans. Democrats aren’t helping either, with 44% approval ratings for Obama, things look rather grim for the person who inherited 2 wars.

Next up, a child search.

Search for missing 2-year-old shifts to Redmond

By Christine Clarridge and Sanjay Bhatt

The search for a 2-year-old boy who went missing Sunday morning after his mother left him in a parked car in Bellevue has shifted to the area around the child’s home, police said Monday.

After searching the mother’s car and Redmond home on Sunday night, police resumed the search Monday morning in the area surrounding her home, according to Bellevue police. The FBI has also joined the search for 2-year-old Sky Metalwala.

Police say the boy’s parents are cooperating with the investigation.

“No arrests have been made at this time,” Officer Carla Iafrate, Bellevue police spokeswoman, said in a news release. “All possibilities of what may have happened to the child are being investigated.”

She said there are still “many unanswered questions.”

The search for Sky began Sunday morning, after Bellevue police received a call from a woman who said she had run out of gas and left the child buckled into a car seat in their unlocked car while she and her 4-year-old daughter walked about a mile to a Chevron gas station.

The mother, Julia Biryukova, called a friend once she reached the gas station, police said. Biryukova told police that when she returned to the vehicle, the child was no longer there.

Police did not find a gas can at the car, which was parked near the 2600 block of 112th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue. Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the car.

Sky has brown eyes and dark buzz-cut hair and was wearing a dark-green hooded sweatshirt and blue- and gray-striped pants.

Searchers looked for the child most of Sunday. The search was suspended at 6 p.m.

Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, who lives in Kirkland, has also been questioned, she said.

Biryukova and Metalwala were previously cited for reckless endangerment and leaving a child unattended in a vehicle in December 2009 in Redmond, according to King County District Court records. The couple left Sky, then 3 months old, in their Cadillac sport-utility vehicle in a Target parking lot on a 27-degree day. A shopper who heard the baby crying called police, and a responding officer reported that the car felt cold.

Paged inside the store, the couple said they had left the baby in the car for about 20 minutes because they didn’t want to wake him up.

Documents show that the case was dismissed in February of this year after the parents took court-ordered parenting classes and completed community service.

The missing child’s 4-year-old sister has been taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services, according to agency spokeswoman Sherry Hill. She could not say whether the agency has had any previous involvement with the family.

The couple had been together for 14 years, and separated in March 2010, court records show.

In June 2010, Biryukova, 30, filed for a protection order on behalf of herself and their two children, saying Solomon had a severe anger problem, was verbally abusive and that he had beat her for the first time the previous Christmas, according to The Associated Press. The reason was that she had allowed Sky — just 4 months old at the time — to sleep later than expected, she said.

“He became furious like I have never seen him before, he grabbed me by my hair (in front of our 3 ½ year old daughter), dragged me into our hallway, threw me down on the floor and then threw me against a decorative column we have in the entrance of our home,” Biryukova wrote. “He continued to assault me with his feet — by kicking me and then he took out his car keys and contrived to scratch me in any area he could.”

The abuse escalated after that, with Solomon telling her to go live on the street and work as a prostitute, she said.

“The most, most recent have been his threats to kill me if I say anything against him or if in any way I proceed with action of seeking custody of our two small children,” Biryukova added. “I live in constant fear for my life and my children’s life.”

Solomon Metalwala and his attorney dispute the account contained in court documents. During a news conference Monday afternoon in Bellevue, Metalwala said the accusations were untrue.

Sunday’s search was focused in a part of Bellevue called Northtowne, near Interstate 405 and Highway 520.

“We don’t know much, other than that the child is still missing,” Iafrate said Sunday. “I don’t know if the child got out on his own. We don’t have very much information.”

After police received the 911 call, they initiated reverse emergency calls to the surrounding neighborhood to alert residents to be on the lookout for a child. Iafrate said police have not issued an Amber Alert because they don’t know yet if the child has been taken.

“At this point we’re just treating it as a missing child,” Iafrate said. “We don’t know anything more yet.”

Investigators are asking anyone who may have traveled along 112th Avenue Northeast, between Highway 520 and Northeast 24th Avenue Northeast, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday to call Bellevue police at 425-577-5656.

Personally, I’m glad they took the daughter into Child Protective Services. The parents already proved once that they were incompetent when they left Sky in the car while shopping, this is no better. The mother could have easily carried her son to the gas station and held her daughters hand on the way there, taking little breaks along the way. I carried a three year old through a mall for over an hour, this would be cake. And, a car without gas isn’t going anywhere.

Anyway that’s our show tonight, this is Grass signing out. See you next time.

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This post was co-written by fp and Tracy.