And so the perpetual debate of left vs. right continues with Romney criticizing Obama in his campaign ads. You know, if I recall correctly, I may have left an article about Romney’s off-shore business somewhere along the lines some time ago. I can’t remember when, but Mr. Romney, I don’t really approve of how you handle yourself when you go about acting like you did something which you didn’t or vise versa in this case. What can say you’re only hurting yourself here. Romney, bro, chillax.

 

 

Romney says Obama, allies perpetuating lies in ads

By JULIE PACE

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitt Romney on Thursday accused President Barack Obama and his allies of launching personal attacks and perpetuating lies about him in TV ads. The Republican also rolled out a new commercial of his own that questioned Obama’s values and accused the president of waging war on religious freedom.

Obama’s campaign disputed that charge.

‘‘I am seeing some of the ads out there. I don’t know whatever happened to a campaign of hope and change,’’ Romney said, alluding to Obama’s previous campaign slogan, during an interview on Bill Bennett’s radio program, ‘‘Morning in America.’’ ‘’I thought he was a new kind of politician. But instead, his campaign and the people working with him have focused almost exclusively on personal attacks … It’s really disappointing.’’

In the interview, Romney argued that Obama ‘‘keeps on just running’’ ads that various fact-checking organizations have called inaccurate. ‘‘They just blast ahead,’’ he said, instead of pulling the ads off the air. But the candidate ignored the fact that he has kept his own ads assailing Obama on the air after these groups have found their claims to be false.

Romney talked generally about ads in the interview but didn’t directly refer to a commercial by a Democratic outside group that has dominated the campaign in the last two days.

His campaign has called ‘‘despicable’’ an ad by Priorities USA Action that features a man whose wife died of cancer after he lost his health insurance when he was laid off from a company that was bought by the private equity firm Romney once ran. ‘‘I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone, and furthermore I do not think Mitt Romney is concerned,’’ the man, Joe Soptic, says in the ad.

Obama’s campaign has refused to ask the group to pull the spot, and a co-founder of the group has defended the ad.

The back and forth over the commercial underscored the degree to which the White House campaign has become intensely negative and personal as polls show the race close three months before the Nov. 6 election. Negative commercials from both the candidates and their backers are flooding the roughly nine states that are the most competitive in the hunt to win the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.

As controversy raged over the outside group’s commercial, Romney’s team rolled out one of its own Thursday that asks: ‘‘Who shares your values?’’

It continues: ‘‘President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith.’’

The spot revives a months-old debate over new health rules mandating insurance coverage for birth control without co-pays, which the ad says forces religious institutions to ‘‘go against their faith.’’ Obama says exemptions for churches and compromise language on charities fully protects religious freedom.

‘‘When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?’’ the ad asks and says the answer is Romney.

Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith responded to the ad, saying: ‘‘President Obama believes that, in 2012, women should have access to free contraception as part of their health insurance, and he has done so in a way that respects religious liberty.’’

The issue flared anew after roiling the campaign months ago when the new health care rules were announced, and it reflected efforts by Romney and Obama to go after women voters. Polls show they heavily favor Obama.

Seeking to keep that edge, Obama reintroduced the contraception issue into the campaign in Colorado when he was introduced Wednesday by Sandra Fluke, whose congressional testimony earlier this year became a flashpoint in the debate over contraception and women’s health. Fluke gained notoriety after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a slut because of her support for the Obama health care law’s requirement that insurance companies cover contraception.

On Wednesday, Fluke criticized Romney for not rebuking Limbaugh more strongly.

‘‘If Mr. Romney can’t stand up to extreme voices in his own party, then he will never stand up for us,’’ she said to a predominantly female audience in Denver.

Obama was spending a second day in the state Wednesday, visiting Pueblo and Colorado Springs. He carried Colorado in 2008, but he and Romney are engaged in a tight contest for the state’s nine electoral votes.

Across the country, Romney held a fundraiser early Thursday on Park Avenue in New York City.

‘‘I need you to speak the truth — talk to your friends and colleagues,’’ he implored donors at a breakfast that raised more than $1.5 million for his campaign. Woody Johnson, a top fundraiser, told the crowd the campaign is ‘‘halfway’’ to its ultimate fundraising goals for the election.

Obama was expected to highlight his support for tax credits for wind energy manufacturers in Colorado and other states. The credit, which helps offset the cost of electricity production during a wind farm’s first 10 years, is set to expire Dec. 31 unless Congress extends it. Obama supports extending the credit; Romney does not.

‘‘At a moment when homegrown energy is creating new jobs in states like Colorado and Iowa, my opponent wants to end tax credits for wind energy producers,’’ Obama said in excerpts of the speech released by his campaign.

Without the tax credits, as many as 37,000 American jobs, including hundreds in Colorado, are at risk, Obama said, using figures from a study financed by the wind industry.

Across the country, Romney held a fundraiser early Thursday on Park Avenue in New York City.

‘‘I need you to speak the truth — talk to your friends and colleagues,’’ he implored donors at a breakfast that raised more than $1.5 million for his campaign. Woody Johnson, a top fundraiser, told the crowd the campaign is ‘‘halfway’’ to its ultimate fundraising goals for the election.

Romney was spending the rest of the day in Boston, preparing for Friday’s start of a four-state bus trip and an announcement, expected soon, on his running mate.

 

I’m gonna be honest, I can’t tell what you want to do, Mitt, are you trying to mud-sling or are you just trying to hope your accusations make an impact on the rest of the nations; Cause all I hear is whining up the ass.

 

Now for some bad news, higher gas prices.

 

Refinery fire could boost gas prices nationwide

 

Motorists in West Coast states are about to see a big spike in gas prices, the fallout from a fire that cut production at one of the region’s largest oil refineries.

Gasoline prices, now averaging $3.88 a gallon in California, $3.72 in Washington and $3.69 in Oregon, could surge to $4.15 to $4.25 a gallon over the next week to 10 days following Monday’s partial shutdown of a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif.

Nationally, gasoline prices have climbed 27 cents a gallon in the past month. While the refinery fire will drive prices along the West Coast, it will also lift the national average — now $3.65 a gallon — above year-ago levels.

“August looks like a very touch-and-go month for the entire country,” says Oil Price Information Service energy analyst Tom Kloza, who expects price relief after Labor Day. For the year to date, gasoline has averaged $3.61 a gallon — 10 cents more than 2011’s full year average, the most expensive year ever, he says.

Patrick DeHaan, senior oil analyst for gasbuddy.com, expects California, Oregon and western Washington state to experience price spikes like the ones that hit major parts of the Midwest in June, when an Illinois refinery shut down and three others in the state cut production.

“The West Coast is on the launch pad waiting for takeoff,” DeHaan says. “We’re talking over $4 a gallon, easily. It’s not going to be good for motorists.”

Prices in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota remain up to 39 cents a gallon higher than the national average of $3.65 a gallon, according to the Oil Price Information Service. “The infection is going to spread from the Midwest to the West Coast,” DeHaan says.

Wholesale prices in San Francisco and Los Angeles have already spiked more than 30 cents a gallon, some of the biggest one-day jumps ever. Those prices have yet to fully pass through at the pump, but are expected to continue pushing prices up through mid-August.

The Richmond refinery supplies about 140,000 barrels of gasoline a day, about 15% of northern California’s daily consumption, Kloza says. Regional inventories were already low compared with the rest of the nation, he says.

Crude oil is up sharply since bottoming near $77 a barrel June 28. Wednesday, benchmark West Intermediate traded at nearly $95 before settling off 32 cents to $93.35 on news that weekly U.S. demand eased for the first time since June.

Monday’s refinery fire caused billowing smoke for miles, prompting hundreds of nearby residents to seek medical care for eye irritation and breathing issues.

The blaze in the refinery’s No. 4 Crude Unit was contained in about five hours, Chevron said, although there was a minor flareup Wednesday. Three employees suffered minor injuries.

The five-hour refinery fire caused billowing smoke for miles. Doctors Medical Center in nearby San Pablo said more than 300 people sought help, complaining of eye irritation and breathing problems. And Kaiser Permanente’s Richmond Medical Center said it treated more than 350 people with respiratory concerns.

Carol Bluitt, who lives blocks from the refinery, says she was traumatized by the blaze. “You could clearly tell there was something toxic in the air,” she says. “My eyes were really, really red and running.”

 

So why has the cost of living in the US grown so high in the span of 12 years? Well let’s start with war expenditures, compensation for the loss of military families, gas prices going up, it’d only a matter of time before everyone and their mom would be paying an arm and a leg just to live in the US. I mean in the last 6 years alone I’ve watched burger prices rise by at least 2 bucks. Now remember that 5 dollar bacon burger you always used to get, well that’s about 7 or 8 bucks now. Higher taxes, higher fees, higher everything, what are we to become the next Japan?
Speaking of Japan….

 

Police Tell Bullying Victim To “Forget” Broken Bones

Author: Artefact

 

Now police as well as teachers have come under fire, this time for telling a boy who was beaten unconscious and suffered broken ribs and PTSD in as a result of bullying that “it’d be best to forget about” the attack, and for refusing to accept any crime had taken place.

A 13-year-old middle schooler at a private school in Tokyo’s Tama region found himself being bullied, a distressingly common state of affairs it would seem.

According to his mother, the bullying started with classmates making him strip and wash his hair with soap, and dumping his clothes and bento in a bin, but soon escalated even further. Teachers apparently knew but did nothing.

In January matters came to a head – quite literally – when his classmates bashed him into unconsciousness by banging his head on a concrete corridor floor at the school, requiring him to be taken to hospital in an ambulance.

He was found to be suffering a broken rib and was subsequently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, preventing him from attending school. He was transferred out of the school several months later.

His parents were unsurprisingly aghast at what had been done to him, and attempted to report the incident to police as a case of battery, making 4 or 5 different reports.

Police merely told them “it’d be best for you to forget about this as soon as possible” and that “the offender is 12 so even if we did press charges not much is likely to happen,” refusing to accept any of the reports.

The parents have said they intend to try suing the boy responsible (or his parents) if police refuse to act on the offence they reported.

Part of the reason for their refusal, and perhaps the reason why Japan boasts such a famously high conviction rate, is likely that police performance and promotion prospects are judged by the number of successful prosecutions – and rather than allow any convictions to fail, police instead merely ignore crimes which might be difficult or inconvenient to prosecute whilst attempting to wring confessions out of or pile unrelated charges onto those in weak positions.

Police have predictably refused to comment on the incident, whilst the school now says it is all well in hand:

“The student who attacked him was advised to drop out of the school and left in January. Regarding the bullying, we were contacted by police in June and are explaining the situation to them.”

Coming after a series of recent school scandals – the suicide of a Shiga schoolboy, a boy tortured with cigarette burns who teachers tried to expel after deeming he had “consented” to the abuse, a girl who was sent home in tears after teachers forcibly cut her hair “for being too long,” and of course the usual ongoing litany of sexual misconduct by staff, there is fast developing a sense that Japan’s schools are beyond help…

 

Oh Japan, scared that your school’s reputation is on the line just cause of a little student trouble? Excuse me? You know if we did this kind of shit in the west, these schools would be shut down in an instant. Japan’s not corrupt per se, they’re just not very bright when it comes to management of these kinds of things.

 

Oh and just in case you were wondering about anime, well….

 

“True Route”: Ore no Imouto Anime gets “That” Ending!?

Author: Artefact

 

As if the situation surrounding Ore no Imouto’s many “endings” were not complicated enough already, the anime is now to receive a newly reworked 13 episode “true route special edition” run.

The broadcasts hit Japanese network on the 13th of October, with the exact nature of the “true route” unclear (the visual novel edition introduced scores of different endings with varying levels of canonicity, some of which have become quite famous).

However, as the “true route” season 1 is intended to serve as a run-up to the impending second season, it will presumably clear up the confusing mess of endings and episode orders which plagued the original, and allow much further bickering between advocates of Kirino or Kuroneko’s supremacy.

Meanwhile, those who accuse it of being a gussied up rerun with options on a new disc release are surely being overly cynical…

 

Let’s end this day on a good note shall we?

 

 

5 dumbest criminals

 

SCREENWRITERS ALL over the world owe a debt to UK police constable Jason Mepham. He recently made a real-life arrest which makes the most far-fetched screenplay believable.

Trying to nab a bad guy, PC Mepham blasted him with pepper spray—but the wind changed and blew the stuff into the officer’s own eyes. Owww!

As he staggered around blinded, another villain punched him, dislocating his jaw. Double owww!

A second police officer fired his Taser to stun the villains. But he accidentally blasted PC Mepham, who collapsed. Triple owww.

One of the bad guys kicked the downed officer in the head. But the boot miraculously re-located PC Mepham’s jaw.

Hooray. The cops ended up arresting the villains.

There has been a spate of cases around the world recently in which destiny has been on the side of the good guys.

1. A toothless robber in Beijing tried to rob a bank to finance a new set of teeth. But Li Han, 43, couldn’t make himself understood. All the teller at the bank heard was: “Umm ung umm ung umm.” Li had to repeat his demands five times. By then cops had arrived.

2. A man tried to rob a bank after paying US$500 to a wizard to make him invisible. Thinking no one could see him, he strolled into a bank in Tehran and started snatching money out of people’s hands. He was astonished when angry customers wrestled him to the ground. He told police HE was the victim. “A big trick was played on me,” he said.

3. A robber successfully robbed a bank in Germany. But when he noticed mistakes in the newspaper report, he complained via email to reporters and cops. Within hours, police tracked him down and arrested him.

4. A US man was given a prison sentence for driving while drunk. He went home, got blind drunk and drove himself to jail. Prison officers released the Massachusetts man, 42, so he could be taken to court and charged with a new crime.

5. A Hong Kong robber waited until he was in a bank before trying to pull a stocking over his head, former top police officer JS Lam recently revealed in his column on this page. But (as all women know) putting on stockings is a difficult job needing two hands and many years of practice. “He failed miserably, dropping his bag and toy pistol in the process,” Mr Lam said.

But there was one recent “dumb criminal” who gets sympathy from me. Mark Smith, 53, tried to rob a bank in Watsonville, California.

The bank manager urged him to take out a loan instead.

Mr Smith was filling in a large pile of forms when officers arrived to arrest him.

Hang on. Most people, including me, have been trying to find places to park our meager savings.

I went to a bank last week. Have you seen the way bankers give you zero interest on your savings, but charge a fortune for loans? The banks ARE the robbers. California cops: you arrested the wrong person.

 

 

That’s our show for this week, tune in next week and maybe I’ll have a chat with the ‘wine dude’.