Hey guys it’s Wednesday, this is the last week before Thanksgiving for those of you in the US, which means me and my friends so, I hope you guys enjoy your holidays or whatever it is you guys are doing next week. Though I still have my distaste at how the US handles things, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, if you wanna get something for your friends or whatever, there’s 2 great gifts for them. One of them is Minecraft, and I highly recommend this because the full release is soon. And since Notch promised people who picked up the beta to get full version it’s a higher priority. The other is Skyward Sword, just cause it’s probably the most under-hyped game of 2011; Which is really sad cause it looked amazing in the trailer. Though I’m often tempted to poke fun at SS due to it being a colorful version of TP despite what it has to offer, TP had a really dark mood and overall creepy feel to it. But I thought the whole loli-Midna made a statement of just how iconically funny Midna actually was, though dark and depressing the game was. Anyway, enough idle chit chat, time for today’s news.

1990s hit anime gets a film, how do critics agree?

Ranma 1/2 Movie – “Tragedy or Farce?”

Author: Artefact

Ranma 1/2 fans have been presented with a post juxtaposing the classic manga with the new movie adaptation, and for some reason they like it not one bit.

Panda is coming in for particular criticism, looking rather moth-eaten as he does:

Though there is worse:

Not sure what Japan’s doing but, k. If Japan’s protesting against Ranma movie, they’re doing a bad job of it.

Today’s figurine is brought to you by Sengoku Basara

Sanada Yukimura Nendoroid

Author: Leon

Fans of Sengoku Basara‘s fierce Sanada Yukimura will soon have a new Nendoroid of him to add to their collection, courtesy of Phat Company.

The Nendoroid is set to be released in March 2012.

Next up, mini squid-chan.

Mini Ikamusume Cuter Than Ever

Author: Leon

The only thing cuter than an Ika-chan is a Mini Ikachan, as the latest episode of Ika Musume irrefutably demonstrates..

Enjoy the gallery, folks.

We’re gonna move onto the real world news now.

A man decides to kill Obama but fails.

After Bullet Hits White House, a Manhunt and Arrest

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WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement authorities on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man suspected of shooting with a semiautomatic rifle at the White House on Friday night, as the Secret Service reported finding that at least one bullet had indeed struck the presidential residence.

The Secret Service said that the suspect, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, was arrested at a hotel near Indiana, Pa., at approximately 12:35 p.m. by the Pennsylvania State Police, acting on information from Secret Service agents in Pittsburgh.

“Ortega-Hernandez is currently in the custody of the Pennsylvania State Police,” the statement said.

The man, previously referred to in a warrant as Oscar Ramiro Ortega, has a background of legal problems and is said to have a history of aberrant behavior. During an encounter earlier in the day on Friday with the police in nearby Arlington County, Va., he said he was from Idaho Falls. The police there said he had been reported missing last month by his family.

Gunfire was heard in the vicinity of the White House late Friday night, and a man abandoned a car several blocks away, fleeing on foot and leaving behind an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle. It was not clear for several days that someone had deliberately fired at the White House.

Investigators have been examining evidence found in the car and talking with relatives of Mr. Ortega.

Another law enforcement official, Sgt. David Schlosser of the Park Police, said that any motive would not be clear “until we can talk to this guy.” The Park Police had already issued an arrest warrant charging Mr. Ortega with a felony count of carrying a deadly weapon.

The Park Police had also released photographs showing that Mr. Ortega had distinctive tattoos, including the word “Israel” on the left side of his neck. He is also said to have three dots tattooed on his right hand, the name “Ortega” on his back, rosary beads and hands clasped in prayer on his right chest and folded hands on his left chest.

The photographs had been taken earlier on Friday by the police in Arlington County, who stopped Mr. Ortega after someone reported a man outside was circling the area in a suspicious manner. Lieutenant Joe Kantor, a county police spokesman said that Mr. Ortega was on foot at the time and “there was no crime,” so there had been no reason to arrest him.

Sgt. Schlosser said Mr. Ortega had criminal records in Idaho, Texas, and Utah, including for drugs, underage drinking, domestic violence, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. Public records indicated much the same thing.

Secret Service agents heard multiple shots on Friday and witnessed a car speeding away, westbound, on Constitution Avenue, according to a Secret Service official. The car and a semiautomatic assault weapon were found, abandoned, at a corner of Constitution Avenue and 23rd Street within a couple of minutes, this official said.

The Secret Service said that one bullet had been stopped by the reinforced windows installed inside the historic exterior glass used at the White House. One additional round has been found outside, and agents were continuing to search for any other rounds. President Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, were away on Friday, when the shots were heard shortly after 9 p.m.; Mr. Obama was in San Diego on his way to an Asia-Pacific economic forum in Hawaii, and is now in Australia.

The shooting came from roughly 600 or 800 yards south of the White House, just outside the outer security perimeter of the White House complex, a heavily patrolled zone that extends to the south edge of the Ellipse. The spot, usually open to the public, is nonetheless one of the most guarded parts of the city — or of the country, for that matter — with United States Park Police patrolling the National Mall and District of Columbia police on the streets.

In addition, the Secret Service, with a uniformed force of 1,400 officers, has agents on guard at fixed positions on the White House grounds, as well as patrolling nearby in cars and on bicycles. Streets are routinely shut down for motorcades to pass. The Secret Service said its security worked effectively on Friday evening, though it planned to “scrutinize how can make it better,” an official said.

On Wednesday, the Secret Service continued to comb the south lawn of the White House for further rounds of ammunition. The official did not exclude that there were more than two shots fired. The Secret Service did not have records of the suspect before the episode, he said.

Late on Friday, the police searched the Occupy DC protest camp, on McPherson Square just blocks from the White House, after reports that the suspect might have spent time there. Protesters there said on Monday that the police had been through their encampment several times since then, showing around a photograph of Mr. Ortega.

Arlington County police checked on a vacant home near where they had encountered Mr. Ortega several times over the weekend. Lt. Kantor said neighbors had speculated on a neighborhood e-mail Listserv that he might have been squatting there, leading to local media reports, and so police checked it out. But he was not found and there was no evidence, like food wrappers, indicating anyone had been living there.

The Secret Service statement said that the sounds of gunfire on Friday were heard in the area around the Ellipse, a grassy area where the national Christmas tree is displayed each year just south of the White House; it is across Constitution Avenue from the more distant Washington Monument.

That would seem to place the firing spot 700 to 800 yards from the White House.

While an AK-47 can send a bullet about that far, the range at which it is considered effective is far less.

Several agencies have been investigating the matter, including the Park Police; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the District of Columbia Police Department.

The Secret Service said it was tipped off to the suspect’s whereabouts from a person at the hotel in Indiana who recognized a photograph of him and called the Pittsburgh field office. The field office then alerted the Pennsylvania State Police, which dispatched troopers to the hotel. Investigators established his route by talking to people who knew him, an official at the Secret Service said, and circulated photos of him to several hotels in the area. The investigation involved all of the Secret Service’s 122 field offices in the United States, the official said.

The last known episode in which bullets struck the White House occurred in 1994, when one round fired from the area of the Ellipse penetrated a first-floor window and landed in the State Dining Room, and another was found in a Christmas tree near the South Portico. President Clinton and his wife and daughter were sleeping upstairs at the time. No one was hurt.

Why you no use sniper rifle? This gave me a huge laugh, an AK used at such a long distance wouldn’t do much more than wound a person. Jesus, this worth the title of lulz of the day.


Syria Faces Arab League Criticism, Insurgent Attacks

Elizabeth Arrott

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, left, talks to Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, during an Arab Foreign Ministers meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo to discuss the possibility of suspending Syria's membe

The Arab League is calling for urgent measures to end the violence in Syria. But talk of sanctions and other diplomatic moves are being overshadowed by reports that military defectors staged a high profile attack on a Syrian military base.

Arab foreign ministers kept up their criticism of the Syrian government for failing to end its violent crackdown on dissent. Qatari Foreign Minister Hamid bin Jassim al-Thani, who has spearheaded efforts against Syria, said what has happened is very sad.

He said the league cannot accept that people are being killed in the way they are now, and that members are moving to stop the bloodshed.

But according to anti-government activists, the violence escalated Wednesday, in part from the opposition. Military defectors are reported to have launched a series of attacks, including an assault on an intelligence base outside Damascus.

Members of the Free Syrian Army are said to have fired machine guns and rockets on the intelligence complex, the sounds heard by Western diplomats in the capital.

Syrian state media, which previously highlighted attacks on security personnel, made no immediate mention of the attack.

The assault is one of the biggest the group has made, and comes after members announced a temporary military council, led by defecting colonel Riad al-Asaad.

The armed approach puts them at tactical odds with the main opposition groups, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Committee.

Syria analyst Nadim Shehadi, of London-based Chatham House, indicates armed resistance could undermine the assumptions being used to isolate the Syrian government.

“The dominant opposition narrative is still that of a non-violent and peaceful protest, and the regime narrative is the story of doom and gloom and violence and sectarianism and all that after the regime falls,” said Shehadi. “Now there will always be incidents of violence, there will be things to indicate that those narratives are not perfect. ”

The Arab League earlier this month called for an end to violence, and the release of political prisoners.  Syria’s government, which calls the league decision to suspend it illegal, notes it has released prisoners, including more than 1,000 people this week.

In other violence Wednesday, Morocco’s Embassy in Damascus came under attack by protesters just as the Arab ministers were meeting in Rabat, Morocco to discuss the Syria situation.

But the Arab League has kept up its criticism and has expanded it to another member of the 22-nation alliance. During Wednesday’s meeting, Qatar’s foreign minister spoke about the anti-government protests rocking Yemen.

Bin Jassim said he was asking Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh to sign a regional agreement on a peaceful transition without delay.

Anti-government protesters staged a huge rally Wednesday in the Yemeni capital calling on the league to suspend Yemen’s membership until their demands for Saleh to step down have been met. There have been no indications that the league is seriously considering such a move.

Syria is only the third nation in the League’s history to be suspended – Egypt in 1979 for its overtures to Israel, and Libya, earlier this year. Libya’s membership was restored after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi.

That’s our news for today, I’ll see you all next time.