So apparently I’m exempt from a family cruise next week.

“Huzzah, the fun has been–”

Shut up, Luna, not now. So anyway, as I was saying, I’m not going on a cruise next week, which opens me up for anime, hopefully, time to catch up on watching shit. Hopefully I’ll have more time to re-watch MLP. Oops, I mean HYOUKERRRRP!! Anyway, I know my posts are only gonna be more lax from this point onward so, honestly don’t expect much out of this. So let’s get this show on the road.

 

By Jonathan Easley

 

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin rallied conservative media activists for “victory in 2012” as the keynote speaker at the RightOnline conference in Las Vegas on Friday, but never mentioned the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

Instead, Palin directed fire at her two favorite targets – President Obama and the mainstream media.

“We would have known, had the media done its job, of [Obama’s] strange attraction to the most leftist -– radical of leftist ideas,” Palin said, adding that “if [the media] had done their job, perhaps we would not be shocked to know that our White House would politicize national security by leaking highly confidential information to prop up the polls.”

National security leaks which led to news reports documenting the administration’s “kill list” of suspected terrorists and a cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program sparked congressional anger and led to charges from GOP lawmakers that the leaks were intended to bolster Obama’s foreign policy credentials.

President Obama, earlier this month, rebuked critics who suggested the White House purposely leaked national security information to help his reelection campaign.

“The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive,” Obama said. “It’s wrong, and people, I think, need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me here approach this office.”

The FBI opened an investigation this week into the leaks, but House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said there were concerns that sources of the leaks could be involved in the investigations. Obama said the White House has “mechanisms in place” to “root out” people who leak national security information.

But Palin also mocked the president for two items Obama addressed in his memoir – trying drugs and eating dog meat as a child in Indonesia.

“That cocaine snorting, and what he ate — Fido? Rufus?,” Palin said. “I think it’s funny that the cocktail circuit gives me a hard time for eating elk and moose. Anybody here have a pet moose? There’s a difference.”

But Palin’s headlining speech was also notable for what it left out – support for the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

Palin voted for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) in the Alaska caucuses this year, and was critical of Romney, who at the time was still struggling to fend off a steady flow of up-and-coming challengers that were viewed by the base as more conservative alternatives.

“I trust that [Romney’s] idea of conservatism is evolving and I base this on a pretty moderate past he has had, even in some cases a liberal past,” Palin told Fox News in February. “He agreed with mandating on a state level what his constituents needed to be provided, needed to purchase in the way of healthcare and RomneyCare, which of course was the precursor to ObamneyCare.”

 

Does anyone take what this woman says seriously anymore? She’s like the female George W. Bush. No one listens, and no one cares. Onward, our next story for the masses….

 

Average gasoline prices in California drop below $4

By Ronald D. White

 

Average retail gasoline prices in California have dropped below $4 a gallon for the first time since mid-February, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. The breaking of that important consumer cost threshold came as oil prices again wallowed below $83 a barrel, as the commodity was weighed down by continuing economic concerns.

The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in California is $3.990, down another 12.7 cents since last week, the AAA said. Just one month ago, the state’s average was $4.35 a gallon.  The third straight week of double-digit price drops also left the California average 1.1 cents a gallon below the 2011 level.

The AAA uses daily receipts from more than 100,000 retail outlets around the U.S. that have been compiled by the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express.

One reason for the drop, analysts said, was improved production flow from the state’s refineries, which had been operating at some of their lowest levels in many years. As of June 8, production of the state’s expensive blend of gasoline was running at 6.71 million barrels, which was slightly ahead of last year’s pace.

“West Coast wholesale gasoline prices are now among the lowest in the nation with California, Oregon and Washington seeing their averages drop back under $4 a gallon,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for Gas.Buddy.com.

GasBuddy.com reports on the highest and lowest prices at more than 140,000 retail outlets in North America. Today, it showed California service stations in Suisun City, Fairfield, Highland and near Travis Air Force Base selling gasoline for as little as $3.59 a gallon.

The good news in California did contain at least one troubling figure. With California refinery gasoline supplies still running 14.7% below 2011 numbers, another refinery glitch could quickly stop the price slide.

Nationally, gasoline prices also were dropping, but the pace of the decline was slowing. The national average for a gallon of retail gasoline is $3.505, down 3.5 cents since last week, the AAA said.

In other energy news, U.S. oil prices were down $1.08 a barrel to $82.95 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, the oil used to set the price of most U.S. imports was down $1.23 to $96.38 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange on fears that the continuing European debt crisis would slow demand for crude.

The drop in crude prices, which had hit $109 a barrel in February, has prompted the Energy Department to sharply reduce its estimate of the average price for oil in 2012. Just a month and a half ago, the Energy Department was expecting U.S. oil prices to average a record $105 a barrel. The latest estimate is $95 a barrel.

“Regular gasoline is now expected to average $3.51 per gallon nationally in the third quarter,” the Energy Department said, “down from the $3.76 per gallon forecast in May.”

 

Now for something completely unrelated…

 

 

Japan’s Precocious Preteens: “These Girls Are 11!?”

Author: Artefact

 

Japanese TV’s loving coverage of these charming 11-year-old fashionistas has been doing the rounds, with their precocious looks astonishing, and delighting, many – not least the TV station.

 

Huge ass gallery post, go enjoy.

 

Now we have a guy who did something…idk pussy related? I know this will be a bad joke, so sue me before you read it.

 

Sheriff: Drunk Man Couldn’t Take Kitten Into Strip Club Repeatedly Called 911

 

Murdock, FL– When you enter any type of night club you usually have to follow certain rules. Sometimes those rules include what you can and can’t bring with you inside, like say a…live kitten.

A man in Florida apparently didn’t think those rules applied to him when he tried to take his Kitten into of all places a strip club. But it’s what the man did after being refused entry into the club, that got him arrested.

Deputies were called shortly after 9:00 pm on Tuesday, to the Emerald City in Murdock after the owner said he told Everett Robert Lages, 47 to leave. The owner said Lages had attempted to bring a kitten into the club.

Instead of leaving, witnesses said Lages sat down outside the business and repeatedly called 911.

When the deputies spoke with Lages, they noted that he appeared intoxicated. They told him he needed to leave the premises and assisted in calling a taxi for him. However when the taxi arrived, Lages would not cooperate with the driver. He refused to give his address or say where he wanted to be taken.  Instead Lages began yelling and causing a disturbance. Lages insisted that the club owner had committed a crime and continued to call 911 on his cell phone, even though the deputies were on the scene.

Deputies told Lages to stop calling 911, as continued calling of 911 was a crime. Lages refused to hang up the phone and refused to exit the taxi.

Lages was placed under arrest and had to be forcibly restrained. He was booked into the jail on charges of Misuse of the 911 System, Disorderly Intoxication, Trespassing after Warning and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He is being held on $4,000 bond.

Animal Control was called to pick up the kitten and is now safe and sound.

 

Ya, I know, bad joke, sue me. Of course, that’s nothing compared to the woman who threw down tacks on a bike trail in Florida.

 

Lyons: Dirty tricks on the Legacy Trail

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Amazed as I am that someone would play such a dirty trick on so many Legacy Trail bike riders, I’m more amazed that it worked so well.

According to a sheriff’s report, one day in May, someone spread carpet tacks over a long section of the paved hiking and biking trail that stretches from Sarasota to Venice.

The scene of the crime was not far from the Bay Street entrance in Osprey. Before the tacks were reported and cleaned up, some bike club members I talked to estimate the tacks caused flats on 30 to 40 bikes. Many were riding in groups and hit them together.

Who knew it was that easy for some unknown jerk to anonymously ruin so many people’s rides on that popular trail?

But hold on. Did I say unknown? Just maybe, the culprit isn’t all that anonymous.

As a report makes clear, an investigator felt sure right away who his prime suspect had to be. He thought of the woman who had, in his written words, “left large piles of debris in the middle of the trail,” and “disrupted events and made threats to persons using the trail.” The investigator concluded: “I feel that it can be attributed to her.”

That woman was known to be outspokenly bothered by many of the trail users, and many bikers were clearly included. She lives near the trail and, unlike those who love having it close by, she has frequently complained about so many people making noise and sometimes stopping close to her backyard pool patio. It is just a few steps or so from the trail property.

 

Some members of two local bike clubs thought of that woman, too. Those feeling more than suspicious included one bike-hike organizer who used to be a cop up north. That ex-cop, Connie Garrison, did some legwork and somehow got a nearby store to confirm a purchase of such tacks, shown on a store video. The purchaser was the woman’s husband.

Could be coincidence. And as the sheriff’s office seems unlikely to file charges, I’m not going to name the woman or her husband, or even tell much about them except that she has a job in which a reputation for being honest and law abiding would be important.

Both she and her husband adamantly say they had nothing to do with putting any tacks on the trail. They know nothing about it, they say.

But both were very willing to tell me what a royal pain in the neck it has been living next to that lovely trail since it opened four years ago.

Bikers and hikers, for instance, sometimes stop and talk very near their backyard, sometimes while putting on shoes before starting out, the woman told me. Some point out an owl in a nearby tree, and some even chat with her about it if she happens to be out by her pool.

“They, I guess, are being friendly,” she said, “but I don’t want to come home and entertain people I don’t know.”

She can hear many of their conversations way too easily, she said. “They discuss wildlife on a daily basis.”

And, she said, some bikers totally ignore the speed limits. They could hit people, including her, or her dogs when she is close by or is using the trail herself.

She denied threatening anyone or disrupting any activities. Sure, she has spoken loudly to some groups, and asked things like “Who’s in charge?” or said, as she quotes herself in a polite tone, “You guys are kind of loud.”

But she said she never blocked the trail with debris. Some palm fronds must have just fallen there, she told me.

 

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Amazed as I am that someone would play such a dirty trick on so many Legacy Trail bike riders, I’m more amazed that it worked so well.

According to a sheriff’s report, one day in May, someone spread carpet tacks over a long section of the paved hiking and biking trail that stretches from Sarasota to Venice.

The scene of the crime was not far from the Bay Street entrance in Osprey. Before the tacks were reported and cleaned up, some bike club members I talked to estimate the tacks caused flats on 30 to 40 bikes. Many were riding in groups and hit them together.

Who knew it was that easy for some unknown jerk to anonymously ruin so many people’s rides on that popular trail?

But hold on. Did I say unknown? Just maybe, the culprit isn’t all that anonymous.

As a report makes clear, an investigator felt sure right away who his prime suspect had to be. He thought of the woman who had, in his written words, “left large piles of debris in the middle of the trail,” and “disrupted events and made threats to persons using the trail.” The investigator concluded: “I feel that it can be attributed to her.”

That woman was known to be outspokenly bothered by many of the trail users, and many bikers were clearly included. She lives near the trail and, unlike those who love having it close by, she has frequently complained about so many people making noise and sometimes stopping close to her backyard pool patio. It is just a few steps or so from the trail property.

Some members of two local bike clubs thought of that woman, too. Those feeling more than suspicious included one bike-hike organizer who used to be a cop up north. That ex-cop, Connie Garrison, did some legwork and somehow got a nearby store to confirm a purchase of such tacks, shown on a store video. The purchaser was the woman’s husband.

Could be coincidence. And as the sheriff’s office seems unlikely to file charges, I’m not going to name the woman or her husband, or even tell much about them except that she has a job in which a reputation for being honest and law abiding would be important.

Both she and her husband adamantly say they had nothing to do with putting any tacks on the trail. They know nothing about it, they say.

But both were very willing to tell me what a royal pain in the neck it has been living next to that lovely trail since it opened four years ago.

Bikers and hikers, for instance, sometimes stop and talk very near their backyard, sometimes while putting on shoes before starting out, the woman told me. Some point out an owl in a nearby tree, and some even chat with her about it if she happens to be out by her pool.

“They, I guess, are being friendly,” she said, “but I don’t want to come home and entertain people I don’t know.”

She can hear many of their conversations way too easily, she said. “They discuss wildlife on a daily basis.”

And, she said, some bikers totally ignore the speed limits. They could hit people, including her, or her dogs when she is close by or is using the trail herself.

She denied threatening anyone or disrupting any activities. Sure, she has spoken loudly to some groups, and asked things like “Who’s in charge?” or said, as she quotes herself in a polite tone, “You guys are kind of loud.”

But she said she never blocked the trail with debris. Some palm fronds must have just fallen there, she told me.

The county should worry more about enforcing rules and catching up with the homeless people who camp out along other spots on the trail, she and her husband said.

Some pass the couple’s home on the way in and out, she and her husband said. Bike riders also go by even at night, when the park is closed, and that’s also when some people use motorized four wheelers and scooters that are supposedly banned.

“There’s a lot going on on the trail, 24/7,” the husband said. Deputies rarely show up even when called, he said. “I’ve even stopped calling.”

He has no trouble believing the estimates of the park being used by thousands of people every day, he said. “I think I’ve met them all.”

He didn’t make it sound like a good thing.

But putting tacks on the trail? They have no idea who would do something like that.

 

You know, I have no idea who’d do something like that either, must be Mitt Romney. He sure hates those idiots out there who aren’t gonna vote for him. Gotta be that, gotta be that conspiracy.

 

And our last bit of news.

 

 

AKB48′s Rino Sashihara Apologises for Having Sex with Fan

Author: Artefact

 

“Super-carnivore” AKB48 idol Rino Sashihara has partially admitted allegations that she pursued one of her own creepy otaku fans for sex, and has been dumped from the group and banished to the wastes of Kyushu.

The 19-year-old idol tearfully apologised for the scandal she still insists mostly did not happen and revealed that she had been transferred to (i.e. sacked and given a face-saving exit) obscure alphabet soup sister group HKT48:

It’s true that that person was a friend of mine. I’m really sorry about this.

[…]

When I first heard about the article, I didn’t know what to think.

But when I read it, I was shocked. A lot of it wasn’t true, but it is true that that person was my friend.

After that I couldn’t keep my food down, and I hyperventilated during the tour. I couldn’t even speak to my mother, and reading the comments of my fans on my blog made my heart ache. I’m so sorry.

Her “transfer” to HKT48, a group with an average age of 13.8 and a reputation for possessing only the “raw” part of “raw talent,” is widely viewed as a demotion, exile, punishment, or prelude to outright sacking:

“What!?”

“She’s totally admitting it all…”

“Congratulations on your promotion there!”

“Isn’t this a demotion?”

“HKT is based in Fukuoka, way over in Kyushu, so this is the last we’ll be seeing of her in Tokyo!”

“This slut admitted it and she still wasn’t fired?”

“So why wasn’t Akimoto fired…”

“She was just banging people as part of her job so she was blameless.”

“So the rest of HKT are OK with having lascivious whores in their ranks?”

“They can’t be too pleased at being used as a dumping ground for scandals.”

“If none of it was true why can’t she say which parts aren’t true?”

“Probably just the part about him being handsome wasn’t true.”

“She got off real light!”

“Especially since she has essentially admitted it was all true.”

“So now she’s reduced to doing local pachinko ads in Fukuoka…”

“From heaven to hell in one fell swoop.”

“What the hell is HKT48 anyway?”

 

Well, that’s our show for today, good night everyone.