The weekend is upon us, which means 1 thing and one thing only, flicks or movies if you still call them that cause you’re not a hipster. I josh, but some people in this country still believe that we should stick to our old ideals; namely the Republicans. But getting to our news story about Romney will come shortly. Today is the last day of shota week for us which is something I decided to do on a whim. In any case we should probably move on at this point. The US campaign for presidency sure has been busy lately. What does that mean for the rest of us? Well, bad times is what it means. Let’s open up and look at this recent article about Mitt Romney talking some bullshit about his campaign against Obama.

Romney camp steps up response to Democrats’ attacks

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For weeks, anxious Republicans called on Mitt Romney to respond more aggressively to attacks from the Democrats, afraid his hopes of winning the presidency could slip away if his rivals are able to define him as being out of touch with ordinary Americans.

This week, those Romney supporters are getting their wish.

Over the Internet and the airwaves, Romney and his allies have launched a stream of counterpunches against President Barack Obama and his team.

The effort is aimed at countering the Democrats’ attempts to cast Romney as someone who shipped U.S. jobs overseas as a private equity executive at Bain Capital and hid much of his fortune in overseas accounts to avoid paying taxes.

The aggressive Republican strategy has included calling Obama a liar and demanding that a top Democratic Party official release her tax returns.

It is a shift from early July, when missteps by Romney’s campaign on healthcare and immigration, among other issues, had some conservatives questioning his staff’s competency and grumbling that Romney was playing too much defense while leaving Democratic attacks unanswered.

A speech by Romney on Wednesday, in which he was booed by a pro-Obama crowd at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention, seemed to reflect that more aggressive strategy.

In what many analysts saw as Romney sending a signal to conservative white voters, Romney went before a not-so-supportive mostly African-American audience and criticized the first black U.S. president and his policies, particularly the healthcare overhaul the Republicans have dubbed “Obamacare.”

At a fundraiser in Montana on Wednesday night, Romney told supporters: “I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else. … Your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy – more free stuff.”

Romney occasionally has used the phrase “free stuff” to decry what he and other conservatives see as wasteful spending, although some Democrats see the phrase as a racially tinged reference to welfare.

‘STEPPING UP THEIR GAME’

Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said firing back at the Obama campaign’s attacks suggests “the Romney camp realizes that they played defense all last week and they are stepping up their game.”

Opinion polls indicated that Democratic attacks on Romney’s record at Bain helped Obama gain ground with many Americans, notably in politically divided industrial states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, both battlegrounds in the November 6 election.

Some of Obama’s claims about Romney’s role in outsourcing jobs at Bain “have hurt Romney, particularly in the Rust Belt,” Mackowiak said.

Romney’s team argues that an Obama ad calling Romney an outsourcer of jobs was unfair and cites various political fact-checking columns that said as much.

A new ad from Romney’s campaign, addressing Obama’s claims about the Republican’s business record, calls the president a liar running a “dishonest campaign.” It is also firing back at Obama by accusing the president of being “the outsourcer-in-chief” and using “taxpayer dollars to create jobs overseas.”

The attacks focus on job-creation programs in Obama’s $800 billion economic stimulus program, and are essentially based on an assumption that any money sent to a foreign-owned company goes to hire foreign, not American, workers.

Analysts have called that leap in logic a stretch.

“It seems rather strange for Republicans, who claim to be defenders of free enterprise, to be making an argument that foreign companies should not receive federal money even if it is used to hire American workers,” The Washington Post’s political fact-checking column said on Thursday.

ROMNEY’S TAX RETURNS

The new wave of attacks by Romney’s camp also fights back against Democrats’ calls for the former Massachusetts governor, who has a fortune of up to $250 million, to release more of his tax returns.

In January, Romney released his family’s 2010 return and an estimate of its filing for 2011. They indicated that Romney is holding millions of dollars in offshore accounts and once had a Swiss bank account.

The disclosures raised questions about the lengths to which Romney has gone to shield his money from taxes – and inspired Obama campaign’s suggestions that Romney is hiding something.

Republicans have countered that Obama is diminishing himself with personal attacks targeting capitalism, and are demanding the release of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s tax returns.

Wasserman Schultz has been a leading voice in the tax offensive against Romney, but it is otherwise unclear why she has been targeted.

Since 1968, most presidential candidates – including Romney’s father, George, who sought the Republican nomination that year – have released years of tax records. Members of Congress, including Wasserman Schultz, generally do not. She has responded to Republicans’ calls for her to release her returns by noting that she is not running for president.

Mackowiak, the Republican strategist, said there was some risk Romney’s strategy of striking back at Obama could alienate independent voters being courted by both sides. Conservatives may have been thirsting for Romney to hit back harder against the Democrats, but he also will need to win over independents to oust Obama from the White House in the November 6 election.

“Base Republicans unquestionably want to see Romney fight,” Mackowiak said. “The question is, what happens to swing voters if both sides are throwing haymakers for four months?”

 

It’s funny what Romney’s done. Hiding his assets overseas so he doesn’t have to pay taxes. Can we as Americans trust this kind of behavior and reward him by giving him presidency? If so, we Americans have hit an all time low and probably should kill ourselves. It’s kind of a morbid thought to think that we as Americans can think the way we do and get away with it just because we’re America. That’s dangerous thinking, I mean, if we follow this logic, we could simply say Americans will rob another country in a sneaky way and get away with it just because we’re Americans. I mean what kind of world do we live in anymore? Next up we have a major fail by Koei.

 

Koei Accidentally Publishes Wrong Game

Author: Artefact

Koei has managed the perhaps unprecedented feat of accidentally publishing the wrong game, after it attempted to release a PSP version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII, only to mistakenly place Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII on all the discs.

The title, released on the 12th as part of their “Teiban” classics series, included the wrong game on the UMD but was otherwise correctly marketed as VIII.

Koei have published a suitably formulaic apology, expressing their deep regret for the “great inconvenience” they have caused customers who were expecting the game on the package.

They also promise to replace the game with the right version, and have cancelled all sales of the present special edition whilst they sort out the mess and doubtless assign a few employees to cleaning toilets.

How exactly the mistake came to pass and how it was possible for them not to have picked up on it until the game was on sale has been the subject of much speculation, although it might always be possible games in the series are so similar they did check but didn’t notice…

 

Oh and look another fail by a company in Japan. Let’s move on to this next gallery about some ero-anime.

 

Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! Nipple Anime

Author: Leon
Harem horror anime Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!’s steamy bathing scenes have delivered that most sought after of anime elements, a nipple – and on a (human) female as well.
Next up is a story about domestic violence in Japan…against women. Oh look America #2!!!

 

Domestic violence reports in the first half of this year skyrocketed 46.3 percent from a year before to 2,016, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.

Women were the victims in 94.3 percent of the cases.

NPA officials attributed the steep rise to stepped-up efforts by police to encourage victims of domestic violence to file reports.

These efforts began after a police station in Chiba Prefecture came under fire for mishandling a stalking case that resulted in the murder of two people in Saikai, Nagasaki Prefecture, last December.

Spousal abuse cases rose noticeably in three prefectures in the Kanto region: Saitama saw its number rise by 100 to 156, Chiba by 84 to 121 and Gunma by 62 to 102.

Overall crime rates in the country fell 6.4 percent in January-June from a year earlier to 665,666, down for the 10th straight year on a first-half basis after peaking in January-June 2002.

Thefts, which account for some 75 percent of all crimes in Japan, dropped 8.0 percent to 500,062.

However, violent crimes, such as assault, and public indecency and other sex offenses, increased from a year before.

This reflected a rise in reports from the public after prefectural police forces nationwide set up special teams to beef up their fight against crimes targeting children and women, the agency officials said.

In the three Tohoku region prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, which were severely damaged by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, the number of crimes fell 7.3 percent year on year to 19,086.

 

I’m sorry, what the hell Japan? Why do you want to act like America so much? I mean I get that US and Japan relations have gotten better since days of WWII, but I mean c’mon this is absurd. I usually don’t hear much about about domestic violence in Japan though I know they’re prone to using corporal punishment. But this is just what the hell…I don’t even have words for this. And now more fail for you!

 

Texas Demolishes USDOJ’s Case Against Voter I.D.

 

Testimony has concluded in the trial of Texas ‘Voter I.D.’ law, after attorneys for the state demolished the main arguments raised against the law by the Obama Administration, and got the key witness for the Justice Department to admit he got his information from Wikipedia, 1200 WOAI news reports.

The Justice Department presented what it said was evidence that as many as 1.5 million Texans don’t have the government issued photo i.d. required to vote, but Attorney General Greg Abbott says of the people on that roll, 50,000 are dead, 330,000 are over the age of 65 and can vote by mail, where a photo i.d. is not required, and more than 800,000 are on the list improperly.

Among the people who the DOJ listed as ‘lacking the required documentation needed to vote’ are Former President George W. Bush, San Antonio State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, and Licia Ellis, who’s husband, Houston state Senator Rodney Ellis, on Wednesday blasted the voter i.d. law as ‘just like the racist murder of James Byrd’ who was dragged to death in east Texas in 1998.

In fact, University of Texas students conducted a telephone survey of random people on the DOJ’s list of people who allegedly don’t have the documents required to vote, and found that more than 90% of them, including 93% of African Americans and 92% of Hispanics on the list, actually have a photo i.d.

Which brings us to Victoria Rodriguez.  The San Antonio teenager was the only individual in a flurry of ‘experts’ the Department of Justice called to the stand to represent the 1.5 million allegedly set to be disenfranchised under the Texas law.  Rodriguez testified that she not only lacks a photo i.d., but lacks the documentation need to obtain one, and State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer said requiring her to pay to obtain those documents would amount to an illegal ‘poll tax.’  Under cross examination, Rodriguez admitted that she has a birth certificate, a voter registration card, and a Social Security Card, and only two of those three forms of i.d. are required to obtain a free voter i.d. card offered by the DPS.  Rodriguez testified that she ‘doesn’t have time’ to go the DPS office to obtain the voter i.d. card, but she testified she had plenty of time to fly more than 1500 miles to Baltimore, catch a train to Washington DC, and sit for hours in a federal courtroom to testify about how unfair the Texas voter i.d. law is.

Perhaps the most embarrassing for the Justice Department was the testimony of its alleged expert witness, Harvard Professor Stephen Ansolabehere.

He testified that his research shows the law is ‘more likely to affect black and Hispanic voters worst than white voters.’

But under cross examination, Ansolabehere testified that in fact ‘almost no one is excluded’ by the requirement to vote.

Another Department of Justice ‘expert’ testified that the Legislature ‘intended’ to discriminate against minorities when it passed the Voter I.D. bill.  But J. Morgan Kousser’s comments under cross examination show he knows little to nothing about the Texas Legislature (he referred to State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte as the enate Minority Leader, a position that doesn’t exist in the Texas Legislature) and lawyers for the state pointed out that  he said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which upheld a similar voter i.d. law in Indiana, a decision which was written by Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, Scalia, Rehnquist, and Thomas, was written so the five, laughably, could ‘promote white supremacy.’

Kousser also claimed in a book that Republicans are ‘not legitimate representatives’ of minority communities, and that any African American or Hispanic who supports voter i.d. ‘has been manipulated and misled by Republicans.

In fact, Kousser admitted that he got many of the ‘facts’ used to buttress these bizarre claims from ‘Wikipedia,’ an on line encyclopedia that anybody, including Kousser himself, can upload information onto.

The three judge federal appeals court panel, which includes two Democrats and one Republican, will issue its ruling on the case in the coming weeks, and the ruling will certainly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

And next up, even more dumbassery.

Back-to-back hold-ups at shopping center were fruitless, police say

 

NORCROSS — In back-to-back attempted robberies at a shopping center near Norcross last week, police say a Cadillac-driving crook netted not one thin dime.

Charged with two counts of robbery by intimidation, 42-year-old Alex Mccray remained at large Thursday. Arrest warrants list his home city as Norcross, but his address is unknown.

Just after noon Friday, Mccray allegedly walked in a certified public accountant office at the Carter Oak Crossing shopping center on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and presented a female employee with a handwritten note. It demanded money and claimed the robber had a gun.

“(The employee) informed the suspect that she was not able to give him any money due to the business not collecting money from their customers,” an officer wrote in a report.

The frustrated suspect left the business, walked two units down and handed the note to the owner of a gift shop. She got a closer look and noticed the note threatened to kill its reader if demands weren’t met, the report states.

The owner pretended that she couldn’t speak English, and the man eventually grew frustrated again and left. Another employee followed him to his getaway car and jotted the tag number, the report states.

A security guard told police the car was an older model, four-door, white Cadillac with aftermarket chrome wheels.

Police describe Mccray as a 5 foot 10 inch black man with no facial hair and a clean-shaven head. He wore a white tank top, blue jeans and black shoes, the report states.

Mccray’s whereabouts were unknown Thursday. He wasn’t listed as an inmate in Gwinnett County Jail records.

“There is nothing to indicate (Mccray) is in custody at this time,” Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Thursday.

 

Harrison Ford is 70 today. Congratz man. Moving on to our final post for today.

 

Man says woman wanted $50 to return his iPhone

OKALOOSA ISLAND – Lawmen say a woman and man tried to extort money from a man for the return of his mobile phone.

On July 2 the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a man who said his $400 iPhone had been stolen the day before while he and his girlfriend were out shopping.

He told deputies he had earlier called the phone. It was answered by Shannon Chere Johnson, 39, of Fort Walton Beach. The man told her the phone was his and was stolen from his vehicle yesterday afternoon. Johnson told him she wanted money for the phone’s return. The man offered $20, but Johnson hung up.

Later, Johnson called back and told him if he’d pay her $50 she’d return the phone.

Around 4 p.m. the man called his phone and said he’d pay $50 to get it back. Johnson told him to meet her at the corner of Santa Rosa Boulevard and Bluefish Drive. As Johnson and co-defendant William James Ector, 42, of Fort Walton Beach, approached the man’s car, she was seen by a watching sheriff’s deputy handing over the phone.

Johnson denied knowing anything about the phone being stolen and denied trying to extort money.

Both were charged with felony dealing in stolen property and have an Aug. 7 court date.

 

And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, the idiots of America being celebrated every single day. Good night everybody, this is Grass signing off.