They never seem to get enough sugar in Japan. I mean if you gave Japan a boat load of sugar and fed it to the girls there I’m sure you’d have a ton of girls on sugar highs for half the day. But sugar is good, just not in large quantities since the more sugar you consume the likelier you are to get diabeetus. But, let me give you a bit of eye-candy for a bit…

 

Having a Naked Girl in a Hot Tub iPhone Case Is Actually Very Practical

Casey Chan

 

If you saw a guy totin’ around this iPhone case that has a 3D naked girl taking a bath in a hot tub, you might assume he was a pervert. You’d be wrong. He’s actually a very practical iPhone user that values function over form.

You see, this naked hot tub girl iPhone case is really, really useful—and certainly way more useful than the oh my god so ironic Gameboy iPhone case you were thinking about buying. Her head works as both a landscape iPhone stand and a portrait iPhone stand. Her cleavage could be grip when you’re actually chatting on your phone. Her exposed knee and foot offer balance when you’re using your phone to take a picture. To be completely honest here, this might very well be the perfect iPhone case.

The only problem, of course, is that it adds thickness and protruding parts to the iPhone. Deal with it. You have a naked lady in a hot tub in your pants.

 

But we’re not done folks, this is still the intro. So let’s talk about those kids who want to bomb the white house.

 

These Kids Want To Blow Up the White House

Casey Chan

 

F-22 Cockpit Demonstrator

Hordes of children ran around as wild as a locust swarm at the recent USA Science & Engineering Festival. The main attraction: the Lockheed Martin booth, with its faux F-22 cockpit and Orion spacecraft simulator. There, the virtual big guns provoked a surprising mix of reactions from the 7-year-olds. Some apathy. Some shouts of: “Shoot him! You had him!” And some surprising willingness to destroy the nation’s capital.

The main draw to the Washington, DC festival was the promise of jumping inside a F-22 cockpit. Or at least, jumping into something that slightly resembles a F-22 cockpit. You’d think everyone would want to. But at the F-22 Cockpit exhibit, there were only 4 or 5 kids in line. That was weird. Everywhere else, kids were kicking and screaming and darting around to see stuff like magnets and water guns. Silly kids.

But to watch the kids actually in the F-22 cockpit, it was clear most of them were acing the simulation. No ADHD here. They just jumped in, grabbed the throttle and focused their attention on the screen.

As the Lockheed Martin pilot explained what each button did, the kids quietly nodded, waiting to get on with it. The pilot obliged, putting each kid through the same scenario: one enemy plane, two enemy planes and four enemy planes. It was a little like a fancy video game. To win, you need to shoot. These kids lived to shoot. And they were good at it. One 8-year-old kid shocked all the pilots by destroying all four enemy planes in 8 seconds. The pilots had never even done that. Oh, and of course, all the kids shot at the enemy pilot who parachuted out of the plane.

 

F-16 Takeoff and Landing

Right next to the F-22 Cockpit Demonstrator was the virtual F-16. Instead of shooting planes and/or people, the task for this simulation was to take off from a runway, circle the sky and then land. Easy enough, right? Wrong. This was much more difficult. Especially for these precocious kids.

The F-16 cockpit looked more sophisticated than the F-22, but kind of in the way that an old VCR looks more complicated than an Apple TV. The simulator’s attendant was trying to make the challenge just as fun as the knock ’em down shooter of the F-22, but without the option to destroy things, it was like trying to feed the kids broccoli.

The simulation starts by making the plane take off from the runaway. What loses the kids is the monotony of being in the air. Staring at the blue screen while circling the sky with no target to hunt is boring. Their attention span just doesn’t last. Six different kids played with the F-16 and only one of them successfully landed the plane. The rest were itching to get out of the cockpit before it was even over, crashing be damned.

 

Helicopter Experience around Washington, DC

“You’re not going to bomb the White House”, a volunteer explains.

An indignant kid asks: “Why not?”

“Because, well, because.” She sighs.

The kid tries to fire a missile anyway. The volunteer shakes her head. The kid bounces away to the next exhibit, just as the helicopter crashes into the home of the leader of the free world.

Human Immersive Lab

The Orion Spacecraft Simulator was a hand-eye coordination task. No shooting, no taking off, just a simulation of docking the Orion to the ISS. It’s an exercise in following directions. Move a joystick to line up the Orion’s crosshairs with visual cues on the screen. It wasn’t hard at all.

The kids, however, became weirdly passive in this exhibit. Tell them to push the joystick left, they pushed it once and waited. And waited. Even when it was obvious they were going to miss the target, they kept waiting. After firing machine guns with the F-22 or crashlanding the F-16, they became silent, almost fearful of deviating from the instructions. Maybe they just didn’t like the Orion simulator all that much.

At the Human Immersive Lab, participants donned virtual reality goggles and pretended that they were in space completing a task. The idea is to work with a partner (also blind with the goggles) to get a job done. Everyone was lost. At least the kids looked endearing.

The Future

What stood out most at the fair was that the kids seemed a little desensitized to the magic of technology. Growing up with iPhones and iPads, Xboxes and PS3s, Kinects and Wiis, a virtual spaceship doesn’t seem all that impressive. How surprising is a touchscreen if it just makes you look for Fruit Ninja? Or how wide could a kid’s eyes get when a virtual plane if they’ve already done it in Battlefield 3?

It just seems that by missing the sense of wonder in the technology itself, the kids create it themselves by blowing things up. It seems like it would be tough to grow up today. Or maybe it’s just jealousy—from a dinosaur’s perspective, the kids seem to have access to so much technology already.

 

Shoot the White House? Oh no, we got a bad ass over here. But in all seriousness it does look nice to be able to sit in the cockpit of a sophisticated piece of engineering and fly around in it. Like Pilot Rainbow Dash…

 

 

Moving on, we have an idiot who tried to use a lawn mower as a get-away vehicle.

 

Burglar uses lawn mower as getaway vehicle

 

There are two things we learned from The Italian Job. 1. Only blow the doors off. 2. A good getaway car is vital.

Alas, Spokane, Washington resident Robert Morey, 22, can’t have had the pleasure of Charlie Croker’s company as his choice of getaway vehicle was a lawn mower.

Having burgled a home Morey made off with guns and money on a riding mower, chugging 7 miles before ditching his ride when it was out of gas. Police found the ‘vehicle’ after receiving a call about a suspicious person riding a lawn mower and carrying a shotgun.

Once they found the crim, Morey told cops he had been arguing with his girlfriend and she insisted he get out of the car on “some road.” He said he saw an open garage door and took the lawn mower, the firearms and the cash in blind fury.

Morey is being held on multiple charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm. He admitted stealing the guns because he was prohibited from owning a firearm legally, and he really, really wanted one.

 

Wow he must’ve REALLY REALLY wanted that shotgun. Must be prepping for a zombie invasion, must be. No other reason a man would steal a shotgun. Next up is a car crash of..immeasurable loss.

 

Out Of Control Lamborghini Destroys BMW Motorcycle Dealership

The driver of a Black Lamborghini Murcielago lost control and crashed into an Italian motorcycle dealership outside of Como this past week.

Two men were in the Lambo when the car suddenly lurched, crossed the opposite lane and crashed into “Valli Motorrad” which specializes in BMW motorcycles.

Although neither of the two occupants of the car were injured in the crash according to La Provincia, the Lamborghini did quite a bit of damage to itself and a line of motorcycles parked outside the dealership when it collided with the building.

Considering the insurance nightmare this crash surely created, we’d guess the cracked up supercar is just the beginning of the crash related expenses for this Lamborghini owner.

 

Next up, a bunch of sailors rob massage therapists.

 

Women identify Norfolk Sailors as suspects in armed robbery

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A woman who said she was robbed at gunpoint told NewsChannel 3 she had no idea many of the suspects would be Norfolk based Sailors.

“You signed up to the Navy to protect our country, not hurt our country,” the woman told NewsChannel 3 exclusively after a preliminary hearing for USS Stout Sailors Duane Milner and Tracy Greem along with USS Ramage Sailor Yakeem Piggot and Virginia Beach cashier Quasheta Gordy.  The four are charged with robbing two women in a matter of hours at two different Norfolk motels in May.

The victim testified that one of the men contacted her after seeing her ad for massages on the website Backpage.com.

“So you weren’t advertising for sex?” asked NewsChannel 3 Investigator Jessica Larche.

“I’m a nurse by trade, so I was advertising basically massages,” she said.  “That’s it!  That’s it.”

The woman said the man agreed to meet her at her motel room at the Motel 6 on Military Highway.  She testified that Milner knocked at her door, came inside, and asked if she had a pimp.  Then, she said, Milner showed her a gun and let several more people in the room.  Soon after, she said the group stole her money, radio and Jordan sneakers.

“They shouldn’t have took my shoes!” she said.  “They could have took anything else in the room, but don’t take my shoes!”

The woman said the group made her take off all her clothes before locking her in the bathroom.  Another woman, who testified that she also advertises massages on Backpage.com, said the same thing happened to her at the Days Inn down the street.

“Regardless of what someone is doing up there, nobody deserves to be robbed, nobody deserves to be tormented, nobody deserves to be locked in a bathroom, nobody deserves to be scared for their life,” said the first victim.

The Sailors’ attorneys told NewsChannel 3 their clients are innocent.

The case has been certified to a grand jury.  Gordy and Green remain in jail without bond.  Milner and Piggot are free on bond and are still active duty military.

 

And finally our last story of the day.

 

Romney Courts Black Vote, an Obama Strength in ’08

 

Four years ago, Barack Obama captured 96 percent of the black vote. But this year, in an election in which every vote may matter, Mitt Romney is not giving up on that front.

On Wednesday, Mr. Romney will make a pitch to the nation’s premier civil rights group, testing President Obama’s overwhelming support among black voters by trying to pry away defectors with his pro-jobs message at a time of 14.4 percent unemployment among African-Americans.

Mr. Obama is passing up the chance to address the group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and sending Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. instead.

While blacks are expected to solidly back Mr. Obama again this year, he faces challenges in generating the same enthusiasm as in 2008. The level of black turnout could be especially crucial in states like North Carolina and Virginia, where black voters had an outsize influence in the president’s relatively narrow victories four years ago.

“In 2008, he won North Carolina by about 14,000 votes,” said Bill Randall, a black Republican who lost a recent primary for a Congressional seat in the state. But “support is waning” he said, adding that the president’s “policies are not doing things that are going to spur economic growth.”

Other black leaders said Mr. Romney would need more than an economic message to improve on Senator John McCain’s dismal level of black support in 2008 and return to the 11 percent that George W. Bush won in 2004.

“Romney could do much better than John McCain,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, the president of the N.A.A.C.P., the 103-year-old group Mr. Romney plans to address Wednesday at its annual convention in Houston.

Mr. Jealous said people had heard Mr. Romney’s message on jobs and the economy and “it is not resonating with our base,” in part because talk of deregulation brings to mind Wall Street bailouts and how General Motors might have gone bankrupt if Mr. Romney had been in the White House.

“If he’s going to pick up more support in the black community,” Mr. Jealous said, “he has to send a message that he’s prepared to lead on issues that we care about.”

Topping the list is a wave of voter identification laws that Democrats say will suppress minority participation in November. “We are living through the greatest wave of legislative assaults on voting rights in more than a century,” Mr. Jealous said Monday in his opening speech at the convention. “In the past year, more states have passed more laws pushing more voters out of the ballot box than at any time since the rise of Jim Crow.”

Nearly a dozen states have passed strict voter ID laws in the last two years largely with the support of Republican lawmakers, who say that they are needed to prevent fraud. Democrats argue that the laws are really meant to suppress turnout by poor and minority voters, who tend to vote Democratic and who disproportionately lack government-issued identification.

The issue caused a stir recently when a top Republican official in Pennsylvania said the state’s new voter ID law would allow Mr. Romney to carry the state.

Texas, as it happens, is one of the states with a tough new law, which is the subject of a federal court hearing in Washington this week as the N.A.A.C.P. meets in Houston. The Justice Department has found that the law will “disenfranchise at least 600,000 voters,” many of them members of minority groups. The state is challenging the ruling and a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Mr. Romney has rarely weighed in on voter ID laws during the campaign. A spokeswoman for the campaign, Andrea Saul, summarized his position in an e-mail: “Governor Romney believes that every legal vote should count.”

Although the Romney campaign recently named an adviser to help frame its message to black voters and in May the candidate visited a charter school in a poor black neighborhood of West Philadelphia, most of his courtship of minorities has been focused on Hispanics, who could play a crucial role in swing states like Colorado, Florida and Nevada.

Surveys show that blacks still overwhelmingly support the president. In the latest Gallup weekly tracking poll, 87 percent approved of the job Mr. Obama is doing. But Mr. Jealous said that it would be difficult for the president to inspire the same turnout among blacks as in 2008: the historic import of his candidacy for blacks has passed, and people are still struggling in a stalled economy.

It might appear that Mr. Obama is taking black voters for granted by skipping the N.A.A.C.P. event, which he attended four years ago. Mr. Jealous said the president had signaled as recently as a week ago that he would speak to the group, but his office said he had a scheduling conflict. Mr. Biden, who also enjoys strong support among blacks, will speak on Thursday.

Mr. Obama is focused this week on countering a disappointing jobs report released last Friday — proposing on Monday to extend a middle-class tax cut, a message he planned to repeat Tuesday at grass-roots events in Iowa.

Although a battleground state for November, Iowa has few black voters compared with other swing states where African-Americans turned out in large numbers for Mr. Obama in 2008, including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

One factor in the president’s favor may be that as a result of his success and that of other black politician, the size of the minority electorate has grown, said Katherine Tate, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine.

“Black voters are regularly participating in politics nowadays because of their elected numbers in government,” she said. “An African-American member of Congress once said that because of Obama his mother now watches cable news regularly and talks to him regularly and heatedly about policy matters.”

 

That’s our show for today folks, have a nice gallery post before I go.

 

Shining Hearts Rouna Figure

Author: Leon
And as they say in Animaniacs, “Good night, everybody.”