New Mittxico is found at six flags

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So like I promised 1 to two posts week starting this week since our summer is officially over as of August first and our fall readiness program will begin. However all is not well with the world, and we need to know why, so let’s begin.

 

Dog Days Untamed

Author: Leon

 

 

Wanko anime Dog Days is almost there in its latest episode, showing plenty of flesh but apparently saving the important bits for the disc-buying elite…

 

The gallery as usual can be seen on the site. Also, LB was finally announced so, let’s get that out of the way.

 

Little Busters Anime Finally Unveiled

Author: Artefact

 

 

Legendarily long-awaited Key anime Little Busters! may have attracted as much attention for who it is not being animated by as for its actual announcement, but that has not stopped enthusiastic optimists from excitedly hailing the release of its first trailer with some anticipation.

The trailer, announcing TV broadcasts are to being in October:

 

 

 

That being said, the gallery of posts can be seen on there. So let’s talk Romney.

 

Mitt Romney ‘providence’ comments in Israel outrage Palestinians

 

Palestinian leaders expressed offence and outrage at comments by Mitt Romney during his lightning visit to Israel, in which he said the Jewish state’s economic success compared with its Palestinian neighbours was due to “cultural” differences and the “hand of providence”, and declared Jerusalem to be “the capital of Israel”.

The presumptive Republican candidate in the the US presidential race told a $25,000 (£16,000)-a-head fundraising event in Jerusalem: “As I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognise the power of at least culture and a few other things.”

He cited a climate of innovation, the Jewish history of thriving in adversity, and the “hand of providence”.

Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, condemned Romney’s comments. “It is a racist statement, and this man doesn’t realise that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” he said.

“It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people. He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority.”

Romney, who did not visit the West Bank while in the Holy Land, made no mention of either Israel’s 45-year occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, nor its continuing blockade of Gaza, both of which have had a catastrophic impact on the Palestinian economy.

The consensus of international economists, including the IMF and the World Bank, is that the Palestinian economy will fail to develop firm foundations and sustained growth until Israeli restrictions on imports, exports and the movement of goods are lifted.

Romney’s comparison between the Israeli and Palestinian economies drew on figures substantially different from those cited by the World Bank. Romney said: “As you come here and you see the [gross domestic product] per capita, for instance, in Israel, which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.”

According to the World Bank, however, Israel’s per-capita GDP was about $31,000 in 2011, while the West Bank and Gaza’s was just over $1,500.

More than 40 people attended Romney’s fundraising breakfast at Jerusalem’s famous King David hotel, amassing more than $1m for the Republican election campaign. The event was moved from Sunday after Romney aides realised it had been scheduled during Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning and fasting.

Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish-American billionaire casino magnate who has bankrolled Romney’s presidential campaign, sat next to the candidate at a U-shaped table. Adelson also owns Israel Hayom, the Jewish state’s biggest-circulation newspaper, which is a staunch supporter of Binyamin Netanyahu’s government.

Among the other guests were the New York Jets owner, Woody Johnson, and the hedge fund manager Paul Singer. Donors ate a typical Israeli breakfast of salads, cheeses, yoghurt and pastries.

Romney, who introduced his eldest son, Josh, to the gathering, said he had “read a number of books” on what makes countries successful.

He added: “I am overwhelmingly impressed with the hand of providence, whenever it chooses to apply itself, and also the greatness of the human spirit, and how individuals who reach for greatness and have purpose above themselves are able to build and accomplish things that could only be done by a species created in the image of God.”

During a speech on Sunday delivered against the backdrop of the historic old city at sunset, Romney described Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel”. Erekat said the remark was “absolutely unacceptable”.

A second senior Palestinian official, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said the statement was unhelpful to peace negotiations, pointing out it “contradict[ed] the previous positions held by the American administration”.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967 and later annexed by Israel in a move not recognised by the international community. The future of Jerusalem is one of the most complex and delicate issues in negotiations on a possible peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

All foreign embassies, including that of the US, are in Tel Aviv, with consular services based in Jerusalem. According to a statement, the White House official policy is: “The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. We continue to work with the parties to resolve this issue and others in a way that is just and fair, and respects the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.”

 

If Romney can get the Pale’s and the Jews to play nice, I might actually vote for him. I mean, it’s pretty ground breaking to have the 2 biggest warring countries fighting over an invisible man that never existed. Course, if he does, it’ll be an even bigger shock to the rest of the US than killing Osama.

 

Kryptonite particles found in new Superman ride

 

VALLEJO, Calif. —

Twelve people were stuck Sunday afternoon for nearly two hours on the new Superman roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

Two cars stalled at the highest point of the ride, 150-feet high, around 2:30 p.m. and riders were upright, according to witnesses.

Rescuers used a crane to release the cars from the track shortly after 4 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for the park.

Every ride is checked every morning to make sure it runs properly and the Superman wide was checked Sunday morning and no problems were found, according to the park spokeswoman.

The park president said he doesn’t believe there was a mechanical problem with the ride.

Park mechanics have not yet investigated what led to the stall. The ride will stay offline until they complete their investigation.

The Superman ride opened on June 30 and is 15 stories tall at its highest point and reaches speeds of 62 mph.

This is not the first time there have been roller coaster issues at the Six Flags park.

In August of 2010, the boomerang ride got stuck in the upright position for about an hour with 26 people on board.

 

Louisiana police got bored and are looking into dirty license plates.

 

State police watching for dirty tags

 

Associated Press Reporting

Louisiana state police and local law enforcement agencies are telling motorists to clean off their dirty license plates.

State police say in a news release the motorists caught with their license plates obscured in any way, including by dirt, mud or frames that cover part of the plate, could be ticketed.

Louisiana law requires vehicle license plates be clearly displayed, as well as illuminated at night by license plate lights.

Col. Michael Edmonson, state police superintendent, says clean license plates can help citizens more easily report reckless or impaired drivers, as well as vehicles involved in criminal acts.

 

Next up, ermahgerd. How the fuck is this news?

 

JERMPING TEH SHERK: ERMAHGERD EENERPERPRIT ERMAHGERDZ

 

By now you all know about the ERMAHGERD meme, using the twisted face of some poor girl from the ’90s for the expression of excitement and the belittling of those with speech impediments. It showed up on the weird shadowy side of the Internet a few months back and just now started gaining traction with the normals.

You know, that poor lady is probably sitting at a Denny’s right now writing a suicide note because some ass clown found her picture at a garage sale and dredged up old feelings of loneliness and pain of adolescence.

But as the meme would say, it has, jermped teh sherk. Nowadays if you don’t get on the ground floor of a meme the first few weeks, you get buried under the weight of a million others on Facebook, attaching a political cause to something that doesn’t need to be attached to.

ERMAHGERD CHERK-FER-RAY IS HERMAPHERBIC!

Or something like that.

That’s why I came up with eight or so inappropriate ERMAHGERD, because before now this meme has been too cutesy and dear. Pain, death, misery, hatred, these things deserve to be memes.

Er, merms.

 

Next up, The Olympic flame has died. Now they have to sacrifice 12 vestal virgins, six ping-pong players and start war with Persia.

The Olympic Flame Dies, Gets Unceremoniously Relit By Old Guy On a Cherry Picker

 

This is not a metaphor: the Olympic Flame has died for real, as technicians were moving the cauldron to a new location in the stadium. Now, they have to sacrifice 12 virgin ping-pong players and start a war with the Persians.

Actually, they just sent some old guy named Austin Playfoot on a cherry picker to re-light it. It looked more ridiculous than majestic, but it did the trick. At least Mr. Playfoot was one of the Olympic Torch-bearers, both this year and back in the 1948 London Olympics.

According to millenary tradition, the flame has to burn inside its cauldron for the duration of the game. It went out this Sunday, 11:14pm London time.

Thankfully, it was not accidentally extinguished by London’s perpetual rain. It had to be extinguished for security reasons before the cauldron was moved to a new location. Before unceremoniously turning off the gas, they lit up the torch that was used by Mr. Playfoot to relight the cauldron this morning.

The move follows strong criticism by British media, which has been hammering the games’ organizers’ decision to place the cauldron in a place where it can’t be seen from anyone outside of the stadium—something that apparently has never happened in Olympic history. Their strong criticism included words like bloody, git, knobhead, cabbage and how dare they. They also wrote organizers in the traditional British way: organisers.

 

And now more Olympic fails.

 

Olympics epic fail

Man gripped by Olympic fever tries to swim to America… and fails

 

After a pulsating and pounding opening ceremony on Friday night, and world record’s being broken left, right and centre on the days that followed, it seems as if Olympic fever has gripped us all. There’s no doubt about it, people’s interest in sport has shot through the roof, and so have people’s expectations.

For one man, it inspired him to try and swim to America from Biarritz, southern France, without any training or equipment. In short, he had gone out of his mind on the Olympics.

Despite his insistence that he was up to the challenge, he was rescued by coastguards just off the coast who convinced him that it probably wasn’t a good idea to continue, in what will no doubt be one of many epic fails at the Olympics.

It’s thought that the 34-year-old holidaymaker was visiting Biarritz with friends. He told them that he was planning to swim to New York, 3,594 miles away, to carry the Olympic spirit across the Atlantic.

They let him go because they thought he was joking and knew that he was a strong swimmer.

At 3.30pm, lifeguards watched as he swam past the buoys 300 yards out to sea, which mark the legal limit for swimmers. He then continued to swim until he was out of sight.

At this point, lifeguards called out a helicopter and a diver dropped into the sea and explained to the man that it was a good idea to turn back.

At the same time, lifeguards arrived in a rescue dinghy. The man then realised that he might have made a mistake, so lifeguards threw him a line and towed him back to the beach.

Laurent Saintespes, senior officer at Biarritz airbase told Agence France Presse: “He was a bit naive. But at a time when the Olympics are taking place in London you have to see the funny side of things.”

Have you seen any epic fails at the Olympics yet? What’s been your best bit?

Oh, and here’s an epic fail by Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, a few days ago:

 

 

Oh did you hear about the 19 year old that tried to use twitter to join the National Guard?

 

Kent State student accused of tweeting threat instructed to stay away from school, president

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Kent State University student accused of posting a message on Twitter saying he planned to “shoot up” the northeastern Ohio campus has been instructed to stay away from the school and its president.

Nineteen-year-old William Koberna will be released Monday after posting part of a $50,000 bond set at Portage County Municipal Court. He will be required to wear a GPS tracking device and to stay away from university President Lester Lefton and the school.

Koberna was arrested Sunday at his parents’ home in the Cleveland suburb of Brunswick. The sophomore has been charged with inducing panic, a felony, and aggravated menacing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday.

University officials say Koberna posted a tweet July 25 that included the threat: “I’m shooting up your school ASAP.”

 

And finally,  a 74 year old man gets police to chase him around at 105 miles an hour.

 

Driver, 74, injured while fleeing police

 

PRINCEVILLE —

A 74-year-old Peoria man was airlifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center on Sunday morning and remained in serious condition after he crashed while trying to flee police.

David Carlson, of 3232 W. Westport Road, was driving eastbound on Illinois Route 90 at 11:50 p.m. Saturday without a passenger side headlight, according to a report on the incident. Carlson initially appeared to pull over to the right side of the road but then sped away.

During the chase down Route 90, a Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy reported that Carlson reached speeds approaching 105 mph while passing westbound vehicles.

Carlson apparently did not see the turn in the road at the intersection of Route 90 and Illinois Route 91 and smashed straight through the guardrail. The car then ramped off the side of a ditch and went airborne over the nearby Holmes Road, coming to a rest in a corn field on the south side of Holmes.

When fire rescue officials attempted to extract Carlson from the wreckage, he was briefly unconscious and then awoke, confessing that he’d been drinking earlier. Later blood tests showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.137 percent.

Police issued Carlson citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated attempt to elude police, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with only one headlight.

A 74-year-old Peoria man was airlifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center on Sunday morning and remained in serious condition after he crashed while trying to flee police.

David Carlson, of 3232 W. Westport Road, was driving eastbound on Illinois Route 90 at 11:50 p.m. Saturday without a passenger side headlight, according to a report on the incident. Carlson initially appeared to pull over to the right side of the road but then sped away.

During the chase down Route 90, a Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy reported that Carlson reached speeds approaching 105 mph while passing westbound vehicles.

Carlson apparently did not see the turn in the road at the intersection of Route 90 and Illinois Route 91 and smashed straight through the guardrail. The car then ramped off the side of a ditch and went airborne over the nearby Holmes Road, coming to a rest in a corn field on the south side of Holmes.

When fire rescue officials attempted to extract Carlson from the wreckage, he was briefly unconscious and then awoke, confessing that he’d been drinking earlier. Later blood tests showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.137 percent.

Police issued Carlson citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated attempt to elude police, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with only one headlight.

That’s our show for today folks, I’ll see you guys on the flipside. Good night, everybody.

The Pony Show Weekend Edition: Teen fights mailbox

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I saw a picture of this article on Facebook and figured I’d Google it. So here you go, a fight between a mailbox and a teen on drugs.

 

By Jeremy Deutsch, Coquitlam Now July 20, 2012

In the battle of man versus mailbox, score this one a draw.

Port Moody police had their hands full over the weekend dealing with a teenager who decided to pick a fight with a mailbox, apparently while high on LSD.

The incident started around 5 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Moray Street and Portview Place.

Police were called to the area after a passerby saw someone dancing, talking then fighting a mailbox.

“Our members attended and saw this 15-year-old kid literally talking to this mailbox and full-out fighting it,” said Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel.

He said the officers tried to calm him down, but it was clear the teen, described as being six feet tall, was under the influence of some type of substance.

The incident turned serious when police tried to take him into custody.

The teen turned his rage toward the officers.

It ultimately took three officers to subdue the youth.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises and released with no charges.

“It’s just a kid who made some bad choices. Criminal charges aren’t in the best interest for that kid, ” Van Winkel said, adding police don’t believe the teen made a conscious decision to fight with the officers.

A pair of tweets was sent out by the police department that morning regarding the incident: “A call of a male fighting with a mailbox. Mailbox fighter arrested after violently fighting with police.”

The department said such incidents highlight the difficulties officers face when dealing with people on illegal substances.

“When people are on drugs – on these types of stimulants – it’s amazing what they can do, these are three big police officers,” Van Winkel said. “That’s part of the drug use.”

He also noted it’s quite rare nowadays for teens to be using LSD, which is a hallucinogenic, because it can lead to a bad trip.

He added designer drugs like ecstasy are more common.

Every summer the reminder goes out, and every summer someone ignores the warning not to leave their child or pet in a warm car.

A recent incident has Port Moody police once again reminding motorists about the dangers posed by the hot weather.

Earlier this month, the department sent out a tweet regarding the incident.

“Two children, 1+3, locked in a sealed van parked in the sun. In 25 deg heat, car temp can be 100 in mins. There is no ‘gone just a minute.'”

Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel explained that the parent was running into the store and decided to leave the kids inside the van.

An officer was in the area and happened to come across the vehicle.

In this case, the parent came back to the car before any action was taken, noting they had only run into the store for a minute.

But police are quick to point out the risks are too great, even if it is just for a minute.

“From a policing perspective, if you’ve left your kids inside the car, you probably won’t have a window when you come back, because we’re going to be getting them out of there,” Van Winkel said.

In this case, he said the parent was given a warning, adding police find education works better than punishment.

Moving onward, since I plan on making use of my quickies to have more than a single story, you guys can enjoy this article as well.

A female elementary school teacher has been caught operating a hidden camera at a pool changing room, saying she “had an interest in the breasts of pretty girls,” although either because she is a woman or a teacher police and her school seem to have decided to let her get off with impunity.

The 24-year-old woman, a teacher at an elementary school in Tokyo’s Kunitachi city, had availed herself of the pool facilities at the Toshimaen amusement park in Nerima city in order to secretly install a camera in the female changing rooms there.

She was soon rumbled by a security guard who noted something suspicious and alerted police, who began an investigation.

They soon caught her, although for some mysterious reason reports omit to mention her being arrested.

She even admitted her crimes to police and school, pleading simple lust:

“I was interested in the breasts of pretty women, so I recorded them so I could watch them when I felt like it. It was inexcusable.”

Her school has apologised for employing a criminal pervert, but seems to omitted any mention of whether it will punish her:

“We think it is inexcusable that one of our staff has betrayed the trust of children and parents in this way.”

It has not escaped the attention of teacher-watchers that no mention made of her being arrested or charged, her name was not released, and the school did not specify what, if any, disciplinary action it took against her – a stark contrast to the arrest, public humiliation and sacking which would likely follow from a male or non-teacher undertaking the same course of action.

 

I’m sure this will all blow down eventually. And our last 2 articles..

 

Genius: Japan Reduces Radiation with Lead Lined Detectors

Author: Artefact

Disgust with the morally degenerate and extraordinarily dangerous antics of Japan’s nuclear power industry has reached an even greater pitch with the revelations that their novel approach to reducing the radiation exposure of clean-up workers was to line their radiation detectors with lead.

According to taped conversations provided by whistleblowers, one of the subcontractors Tokyo’s reviled nuclear power monopoly Tepco hired to clean up the fallout from its exploding reactors reduced the radiation exposure of its clean-up workers by making them wear lead-lined dosimeters.

The directive apparently came straight from their board, and was considered essential as otherwise the workers would have reached the legal limits for radiation exposure too quickly.

One director ordered a team of 10 workers to commence work with the lead shielded dosimeters, but 3 objected. The director later called a “meeting” with the holdouts, which one of them cunningly taped and much later provided to the press.

The director denies giving the orders, but several other employees affirm it was given.

Tepco’s approach to managing the disaster was apparently to subcontract out all the dirty work to a web of smaller companies, many of whom seem to have got round radiation exposure limits by simply hiring people off the street and dumping them as soon as their limit was reached, if they were lucky.

The government has said it will investigate reports of the radiation shielded radiation detectors, although somehow it seems online calls for the company’s executives to be charged with murder will not be heeded.

And finally…

Chinese have been outraged by the case of a man who was left to drown by the family he saved, with the rescued boy’s mother saying his fate was nothing to do with them.

According to local media reports, a 27-year-old man out walking his dogs in China’s Hunan province came upon a family swimming in a local river who were in some difficulty as their 5-year-old son had been swept away.

Unable to rescue him themselves, they called for help, and the man responded by bravely leaping into the fast flowing river to rescue the boy and his family, aided by two other bystanders.

However, after rescuing the boy he himself was swept away and drowned to death.

A sense of tragedy soon turned to incensed outrage after it was reported that the boy’s family promptly left the scene as soon as their child was safe, leaving their rescuer to drown, and when questioned by locals they merely replied it was “none of their business.”

Chinese online, perhaps reminded of certain other recent events, wasted no time in venting their rage and condemning the “heartless” family.

Supposedly the family did suffer a change of heart and weepingly made a rather belated display of sorrow and gratitude at his funeral.

 

And for the record, this isn’t journalism. It’s just a really bad news blog that I throw up each week, and only America can have the guts to call this kind of shoddy act, journalism. Good night, everybody.

Back to your regularly scheduled program

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Alright ladies and gentlemen we are back to our regularly scheduled posts, I hope last week’s event was fun for you guys. It’s a nice change of pace to the generic pictures I post up there regularly. Let me talk about Black and White 2 for a second; just as a musing. The art, while nice is a little too flamboyant but the trailer made B/W2 look really nice. I was hoping Tajiri might finish off Best Wishes and start making black and white 2 or best wishes 2 into an anime. But that’s inconsequential albeit rather nice to have. The JP version is out and a patch should be available to play it. That said, B/W2 has a lot of hype in the U.S. We can expect a lot from T.P.C. (The Pokemon Company) in the future especially if they plan to make a 3D version a Pokemon Adventure. Ever since we saw Pokemon Trainer in Brawl, we’ve hoped they can do something about a 3D pokemon game that wasn’t just pokemon stadium over and over again. Anyway, let’s move onto today’s news.

 

Let’s open with this anime…

 

Tari Tari Sexy Bathing Anime

Author: Leon

 

 

 

Cute if indifferently received anime Tari Tari has already delivered its unavoidable bathing special, and amongst Type B fans at least is seemingly achieving a modicum of popularity…

 

Enjoy the gallery. And while you’re doing that let’s talk about how greedy China’s gotten recently.

 

Chinese General Demands “Return” of Okinawa

Author: Artefact

 

A serving Chinese general has been saying he thinks Japan ought to be made to “withdraw” from Okinawa, in favour of the peace-loving Chinese.

According to media reports, a Chinese general attached to a national defence research institute gave a radio interview in which he demanded the “return” of Okinawa to China:

We must demonstrate our resolve over the Diaoyu Islands to Japan with actions, but there is a wider issue – we should formally raise the issue of the return of Okinawa [to China].

Okinawa used to be a kingdom called Ryukyu, but in 1879 Japan forcibly occupied it. They had to abandon the Chinese calendar and Chinese characters.

Japan may have occupied it,  but we need to look closely at the issue.

[…]

Of course, Japan should withdraw from Ryukyu.

Prior to being formally annexed by Japan, Ryukyu had enjoyed various tributary relationships with both Japan and China, usually finding itself under the de facto control of the nearby Shimazu clan in Kyushu.

Recent years have seen increasing amounts of revanchist rhetoric from Chinese sources demanding the “return” or “independence” of the islands, but so far no official demand has been made for them, and none seems immediately likely given they are still bristling with American firepower – although China is already trying to pry parts of their “sacred territory” from the chain.

 

Oh, look I have an idea, move everyone in Japan to the US. Then we can be mixxed and ditch the island completely. Japan will have resources and have land, we can import things from other countries. Seriously, am I the only one that feels bad for that country? An entire island and resources are bare minimal for over 1 million people. Doesn’t seem fair if you ask me.

 

Let’s talk religion…

 

 

Mexico gang attacks Christian youth camp

 

Prosecutors said the gang subjected the campers to an ordeal lasting several hours. Seven girls were sexually assaulted and other youths were beaten.

The attackers took cash, cameras and mobile phones and escaped in two stolen vehicles.

The governor of Mexico State, Eruviel Avila, has promised to do everything possible to catch those responsible.

About 90 members of the Christian youth group were camping in tents in the Colibri ecological park near the town of Ixtapaluca, about 35km (22 miles) outside Mexico City.

The attackers burst into the camp at around midnight on Thursday firing shots into the air, the victims said.

The campers were rounded up and held at gunpoint while their belongings were ransacked and some were assaulted.

The park is in a hilly region with no mobile phone coverage so it was some time before the alarm was raised.

Mexican newspapers have questioned why there was not better security at the site.

 

And now Spain gives us some fail.

 

 

Last week we bought you news of America’s airline-esque Olympic suit. A Spanish guy in our office cackled the loudest of all, roaring with laughter at the Ralph Lauren threads.

Which is why we take delight in the images above that show what Spain will be wearing to this year’s sporting showcase. Check out their polo shirt, trainers, tie and kit bag.

Spanish cyclist Angel Rodriguez posted pictures of the clobber on Twitter, saying: “When I saw it, all I could say was dance, dance, dance, dance, bomb!”

Russian sportswear brand Bosco made the kit claiming it has a ‘tribal’ feel.

 

I like this next guy who made a bomb joke at the airport.

 

Doctor Charged After Bomb “Joke” At The Airport

A NYC doctor charged with falsely reporting an incident.

Federal authorities say joking about having a bomb is not funny. But that’s apparently what a New York City doctor did last week in the passenger terminal of the Rochester Airport.

It happened Friday morning at the Jet Blue ticket counter. The TSA says that Dr. Hany Mossad-Boktor was asked the standard question about having any firearms in his luggage, and he replied, “no, just a couple of bombs and a little dynamite, but it’s no big deal.”

TSA Federal Security Director John McCaffrey tells WHAM News that is a big deal, in terms of trying to keep the airport safe and the operation running smoothly. He says bomb sniffing dogs were called in to check the man’s luggage. It showed no signs of explosives, but he was charged with falsely reporting an incident, which is a felony.

 

And finally a birthday party joke. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, a guy drives a jeep into the house of the birthday kid…

 

Jeep drives through children’s gym during party

 

HENRICO, Va.(WTVR)—A Jeep Cherokee smashed through the lobby of a children’s gym, where a birthday party was underway.

Henrico Police got a report around 3:30 p.m., that an adult male drove a Jeep Cherokee through the lobby of Little Gym, located in the 8300 block of Staples Mill Road.

There were around 30 kids and adults in the gym for a birthday party, but no one was hurt because they were in the back area.

“The way it happened, it could have been a lot worse,” Jamie QuackenBush, director of Little Gym, said. “We are grateful no one was hurt. Everything damaged can be replaced. We are very lucky.”

Police said that the driver was charged with reckless driving. The building inspector said the building was not condemned, but it is currently closed.

It will reopen once repairs are done.

 

Video on site, enjoy. Good night, everybody, I’m signing out.

Shota Week Final Day: Romney Steps up to Bat

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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.

 

 

Kids, Piracy, and Anonymous

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I want to discuss issues with the world in the last 10 years. It seems that adults have been trying to make the world safe for kids, but yet every now and again, you see children watch a news report about a murder or a rape or some other non-specific crime about a guy no one knows or cares about, we just know he committed the crime and should be locked up. Remember the late 80s and early 90s? Jobs were pretty sparse back then, oh look 10 years later, they’re still sparse; What a coincidence. Let me guess, it was the adults’ fault cause of failed policies and such. Hmm, what was it that we wanted our kids to grow up in? A safe world? Darling, I believe that’s a lie, the world was never safe to begin with, nor was it ever. You guys ever heard of that word, taboo? Well, as it turns out the more taboo a word is, the more curiosity is associated with it, and telling your kids the word ‘Fuck’ is a bad word isn’t going to make them want to not say it. The point is, if you want to bring up your kids in a fantasy fake world of safe-ness, you can try but you will never succeed. And what is it about making the world safe for kids, anyway. If you think about it, the adults made the laws and the rules of society governed by ‘the adults’, etc. etc. My point is simply this, there’s no point telling your kid that the word fuck or shit is a bad word cause they’ll say it eventually anyway. It’s human behavior that defines one’s true colors.

 

With my rant and food for thought over and done with, we move onto the news.

Support for Cabinet below 30%

Kyodo

Public support for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s Cabinet slipped back below 30 percent, often seen as a make-or-break line for the long-term survival of a Cabinet, following the passage of a tax-hike bill in the Lower House, a Kyodo News poll showed Wednesday.

The support rate of 29.9 percent was down 2.1 percentage points from the previous poll conducted earlier this month after Noda carried out a minor Cabinet reshuffle, while the disapproval rate came to 54.3 percent, up from 50.0 percent in the poll conducted June 4 and 5.

In the latest poll conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, 59.8 percent of respondents said they cannot understand why former ruling Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa and his followers in the DPJ chose to rebel in Tuesday’s vote by opposing the government’s tax-hike proposal.

The poll covered 1,415 households randomly selected across the country with at least one voter, with valid responses obtained from 1,023 voters.

The poll came after the DPJ and the major opposition parties voted Tuesday in the House of Representatives on a bill to double the nation’s consumption tax rate in stages, while a big chunk of DPJ Lower House members voted against it.

In the poll, 79.6 percent of respondents said they do not have high expectations of any party Ozawa may form if he splits away from the DPJ, while 15.9 percent said they do.

The poll also showed that 40.8 percent want to see the Lower House dissolved for a general election as soon as possible, compared with 31.7 percent who want an election for the lower house to be held at the same time as an election for the House of Councillors in the summer of 2013 when the current term of lower house members and that of a half the upper house lawmakers expire.

 

Well, there we have it, ladies and gents, our leaders in Japan have even less support than Obama, I mean if Obama’s support level went to the 30s, we’d have a problem.

 

Seems Baltimore won’t survive this summer….

 

 

 

 

Good job, newscasters, another fail for the record books. Let’s move onto what anon has don

Anonymous claims retaliation for copyright laws

Website attacks prompt probe

AFP-Jiji, Jiji, Kyodo
Japan probed attacks on government websites Wednesday apparently after the hacker collective Anonymous lashed out at beefed-up laws against downloading copyrighted works, and warned of more to come.

A site purporting to speak for the group said newly enacted laws that could mean jail for anyone downloading copyrighted music and movies “will result in scores of unnecessary prison sentences to numerous innocent citizens.”

The Finance Ministry’s website came under attack Tuesday, with a number of Web pages defaced, ministry official Takanari Horino said.

Supreme Court and intellectual property high court websites were also down for a short time overnight, he said.

“We are investigating where the illegal item came from,” the official said, referring to an unauthorized link posted to the ministry site.

“We are aware of the Anonymous statement referring to the new copyright law, but we don’t know at this point if the cyber-attacks are linked to the group,” he said.

According to the top court, its Web pages providing information about courts across Japan became totally inaccessible for at least 50 minutes through around 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the website for workers at the Kasumigaura River office of the land ministry’s Kanto Regional Development Bureau was suspended after it was found to have been defaced, according to the National Information Security Center.

The anonpr.net website said laws passed by both houses of the Diet last week would do “little to solve the underlying problem of legitimate copyright infringement.”

“The content industry is now pushing ISPs in Japan to implement surveillance technology that will spy on . . . every single Internet user in Japan,” it said.

“This would be an unprecedented approach and severely reduce the amount of privacy law-abiding citizens should have in a free society.”

The statement also warned the government and country’s Recording Industry Association to “expect us the same way we have come to expect you in violating our basic rights to privacy and to an open Internet.”

A Wednesday morning post on Twitter by user @op_japan claiming to speak for Anonymous said: “Good morning #japan. Expect more from us today! #anonymous #opjapan #anonfamily #freeanons.”

Another post reads: “dpj.or.jp its your turn now,” apparently referring to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s ruling party.

A DPJ official said it was difficult to connect to the party’s server for a short period of time early Wednesday but there have not been any more serious problems. The Liberal Democratic Party website has also reported difficulties in its website Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association said on Wednesday no attacks on its website had been recorded, but it was investigating.

The new copyright law stipulates that “downloading of copyrighted works knowing that they are not free and that it is illegal” will lead to a prison sentence of up to two years, or a fine of up to ¥2 million, or both.

Some 4.36 billion files, including music and movies, were illegally downloaded in 2010, 10 times the number of legally downloaded music files, the association said.

Anonymous is a “hacker-activist” network that has claimed online attacks on sites ranging from the Vatican to the Los Angeles Police Canine Association, but is increasingly the target of police who have arrested dozens of members.

“There have been no reports of computer virus infections or information leakages at this stage,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said at a Wednesday morning press conference.

“The Cabinet Secretariat told government agencies yesterday to look out for possible cyberattacks and take prompt action if attacked, following the Anonymous statement,” Fujimura said. “To protect against cyberattacks is a key element of crisis management.”

Last June, Spanish police arrested three Anonymous members on charges of hacking into Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network.

In February, the group attacked the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s website and made it inaccessible for several hours.

 

And for our final story.

 

Man accused of waving machete after O.C. kindergarten graduation

 

A Lake Forest man who allegedly began waving a machete during a kindergarten graduation ceremony in Laguna Beach has been arrested on suspicion of exhibiting a deadly weapon, possession of drugs and driving under the influence, authorities said.

Juan Vigil Portillo, 31, was arrested Saturday  following the ceremony at Anneliese School, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz.

Police said they began receiving calls around 2 p.m. that a man had pulled into the parking lot of the school on Laguna Canyon Road as the kindergarten graduation ceremony was ending. Callers reported that he was drinking beer in his Toyota Tundra and acting strangely, Kravetz said.

When one of the teachers approached the man and asked him to leave, he allegedly pulled out a machete and swung it at her, Kravetz said.

The teacher called 911, but the man allegedly pulled away just as officers were arriving.

About 20 minutes later, police from nearby Irvine said they pulled over Portillo. Irvine police said they had received calls of a man driving erratically and swinging a machete at motorists.

Laguna Beach police responded with the teacher to identify the man. Police said they found methamphetamine in his possession during the booking process.

 

That is our news for the day, good day and good bye till next time.

Another Week Another Slice of Cake

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I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not satisfied by the world, and every Monday I have a headache that’s killing me from stupid family drama, but today will be the last you hear of my personal matters as I don’t think it’s very professional to bring family matters to a blog that I run for news and such. Let’s press forward though, Obama’s new bill has just been signed into office and let me show you what it means for the rest of us.

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court upholds Obama health care plan

 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld President Obama’s health care law in a complex opinion that gives the president a major election-year victory.

The historic 5-4 decision will affect the way Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced the decision that allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

A majority of the justices said that the individual mandate — the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine — is constitutional as a tax.

“Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” wrote Roberts.

The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

Roberts — a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush — provided the key vote to preserve the landmark health care law, which figures to be a major issue in Obama’s re-election bid against Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

The government had argued that Congress had the authority to pass the individual mandate as part of its power to regulate interstate commerce; the court disagreed with that analysis, but preserved the mandate because the fine amounts to a tax that is within Congress’ constitutional taxing powers.

As lawyers examined the details of the various opinions, political analysts quickly predicted at least a short-term political boost for Obama.

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said “you can hear the sigh of relief at the White House” over a big win for Obama.

“It allows the president’s signature achievement to stand,” Brown said. “Since politics is the ultimate zero-sum game, what’s good for Obama is bad for Gov. Mitt Romney.”

Brown also noted that the ruling allows Romney “to continue campaigning against the law and promising to repeal it.”

The Republican-controlled House have scheduled a vote July 11 for a full repeal of the health care law. It is a symbolic move that stands no chance of passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., acknowledged that the election will be a determining factor for the law’s fate and the GOP’s ability to overturn it. “It’s up to the American people in the next election and their representatives to determine the fate of this law.”

Other congressional Republicans vowed to step up efforts to repeal what they call “Obamacare,” should they win control of Congress in the November elections.
“The president’s health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety.”

The law’s individual mandate had been the key question for the court.

Critics called the requirement an unconstitutional overreach by Congress and the Obama administration; supporters say it is necessary to finance the health care plan.

The decision showed once again that the high court isn’t shy about weighing in on major legislative issues and influencing the political balance of power. Since its 5-4 decision affirming George W. Bush’s election as president in December 2000, the justices have tackled issues of huge importance, ranging from affirmative action to campaign finance, with equal aplomb.

In this case, the decision will have an immediate and major impact on the nation’s health care system, the actions of both federal and state governments, the course of the November elections for president and Congress, and the reputation of the Supreme Court for decades to come.

While the individual mandate requiring most Americans to have health insurance remained 18 months away from implementation, many other provisions already have gone into effect, such as reductions in seniors’ prescription drug costs, help for children and some adults with pre-existing conditions, and allowing children up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ policies.

Now that the court has issued its verdict, look for these repercussions:

– Health care for millions of Americans will be affected — coverage for some, premiums for others. Doctors, hospitals, drug makers, insurers and employers large and small all will feel the impact.

– States — some of which have moved ahead with the health care overhaul while others have held back — now have decisions to make.

– Republicans and Democrats in Congress are likely to move in different directions, seeking to expand or restrict health care and its associated costs.

– The presidential race between Obama and Romney will be affected, especially by energizing the two parties’ bases. Obama’s health care law has proven increasingly unpopular among Americans in most polls.

The court decision represents “the beginning, not the end, of the big debate on health care reform,” said Bill McCollum, the former Florida attorney general who filed the first lawsuit on the day the law was signed 27 months ago.

Not since the court confirmed Bush’s election — before 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq, Wall Street’s dive and Obama’s rise — has one case carried such sweeping implications for nearly every American.

Passed by Democrats along strictly partisan lines, the law is designed to extend health coverage to some 32 million uninsured people, ban insurers from discriminating against those with expensive ailments, and require nearly all Americans to buy insurance or pay penalties.

Its passage on March 23, 2010, marked the culmination of an effort by Democrats to overhaul the nation’s health care system that dates back to Harry Truman’s presidency. The most recent effort by President Bill Clinton in 1994, spearheaded at the time by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, fell victim to Republican opposition. Since then, lesser changes have been enacted, including creation of a separate Children’s Health Insurance Program in the states.

The new law was challenged in a Florida court the day it was passed, and several other lawsuits made their way through district and appellate courts. A majority, but not all, of those courts upheld the law.

The principal challengers were a coalition of 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business. Beyond them, more than 130 briefs in support or opposition — a modern record, surpassing two Supreme Court affirmative action cases in 2003 — were filed by organizations ranging from the seniors group AARP to the Young Invincibles, representing young adults.

During three days of dramatic oral arguments in March, attorneys for the plaintiffs, led by former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement, argued that the government never has required Americans to enter into commerce and warned that such a mandate could lead to more in the future. If this is allowed, they said, what couldn’t the government do?

The current solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, argued that Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce. The mandate would do that by regulating the financing of health care, which represents 18% of the nation’s economy. He argued that the mandate was required in order to carry out the changes in the insurance market, such as guaranteeing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

Yet even the government contended in court that if the mandate was struck down, it should take at least some of the most popular provisions with it. That would include guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and limits on premiums for those with expensive ailments — changes the government said could not be paid for unless millions more people bought insurance.

The states and business group challenging the law argued that the mandate wasn’t “severable” at all — if it was struck down, the entire law should fall. During three days of oral arguments in late March, several of the court’s conservative justices appeared to agree with that argument.

In addition, the states argued that the expansion of Medicaid with initial 100% federal funding was “coercive,” by luring states into an offer they could not refuse. They said it also would pull other people into Medicaid who already qualify but have not enrolled and would require certain treatments, all at a cost states cannot afford.
About the only thing both sides agreed on was that an obscure 1867 law, the Anti-Injunction Act, should not prevent the justices from rendering their verdict before the entire law was in effect.

 

So there you have it folks, a new bill signed off by the supreme court. Congrats, US, this is gonna come bite your ass off someday. I’m not against Obama, but frankly this just isn’t very logical, but everyone seems to be cheering for the big word: H E A L T H C A R E.

While it is true this will affect many young Americans who are unable to afford health care, it doesn’t necessarily mean that big a change. Obama care hasn’t really changed, it’s just that the Supreme Court backs it; That’s the major news, nothing special.

 

And now for more news about loli-R4p3 from Japan.

 

Cops Drop Charges Against Lolicon Rape Teacher

Author: Artefact

 

Police have dropped rape charges against a lolicon teacher who admitted having his way with a 12-year-old schoolgirl in the back of his car, and have declined to explain why.

The 26-year-old Sendai middle-school teacher was arrested for the attempted rape of a 12-year-old girl from another school, whom he had met online using an unnamed social networking service, and then arranged to meet up with in the back of his car.

For reasons they declined to clarify police dropped the charges against him, despite him admitting them and helpfully telling them “I was interested in girls of elementary school age.”

However, police searches revealed he had induced her to send nude pictures of herself to his phone, which he transferred to his PC, so police did later charge him with “manufacturing” child pornography, which he also admitted.

The incident came to light after the girl’s mother became suspicious and noticed her daughter had been exchanging mails with him.

What actions, if any, the school took in response to all this are not clear.

Police have not been forthcoming about the circumstances of him meeting the girl, but one possible scenario is that she was consensually engaged in prostitution, and that as a 12-year-old police may have been forced to charge him with statutory rape, which for whatever reasons they declined to do.

The other more widely favoured possibility is simply that he was a teacher and therefore practically immune to prosecution…

 

Not to be a downer but Artefag is a dick for posting this kind of news so often on the Sank blog. IF anyone out there has a better place for me to post Nippon news, that isn’t this depressing, please drop me a line.

 

Sesame Street strip club to serve liquor

Council votes to overturn alcohol ordinance

Author: Jeff Weinsier

 

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. –

A proposed strip club in North Miami will be able to serve liquor with its lap dances.

Late Tuesday night, the North Miami City Council voted 3-2 to overturn an ordinance that prohibited selling alcohol in a club with full nudity.

The city of North Miami had prohibited full nudity and alcohol in the same establishment, and the owners of the proposed club asked the City Council to lift the ban.

The proposed adult entertainment facility would be North Miami’s first. It is planned adjacent to Channel 2, on Sesame Street, in North Miami’s industrial district.

There is no word on when the club would open.

 

This was pretty funny. Strip club on Sesame Street. Anyway, ANN has the uh comic rankings, this was yesterday by the way.

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One other thing though…

 

Kingdom Hearts 3D’s English Dream Eaters Trailer Streamed

posted on 2012-06-27 18:00 EDT

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Latest in Kingdom Hearts franchise slated for N. America, Europe in July

Square Enix began streaming a 134-second English trailer on Wednesday for the Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]Nintendo 3DS game. The trailer highlights the different Dream Eaters featured in the game that can act as either allies or enemies. Square Enix previously streamed a trailer highlighting the game’s “flowmotion” system on Friday.

An English demo for the game is currently available to download at the Nintendo eShop. Square Enix will release the role-playing game on the Nintendo 3DS system in North America on July 31, after the European release on July 20. The game shipped in Japan on March 29.

 

So there you have it; And then there’s this…

 

Biglobe Poll: Most Anticipated Summer Anime OP/ED

posted on 2012-06-28 02:15 EDT

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Last Thursday, the Japanese Internet service provider BIGLOBE posted survey results on the most anticipated opening and endings for the summer anime season. The ranking was not an official BIGLOBE survey, but a poll conducted by the user “umapaka” under BIGLOBE‘s Anime Ranking Maker system.

Among the 2,441 self-selected responses from users of BIGLOBE‘s Anime One portal site, these were the 45 choices

 

The list can be viewed on-site. That is the end of my news, have some horses while I sign off. Goodnight, everyone.

 

The founding fathers of chaos

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You guys remember 2006 right? When Hirano Aya was like 17 or 18-ish? No? That’s fine cause she sure has changed over the years. But you know what, that’s not what I’m here to tell you guys. Today is Father’s day, ah that annoying day when you need to go visit Dad over the weekend or he’ll get mad for not seeing you so long. Us college folks are just gonna have to bear and grin it. But let’s move onto pressing matters…

 

Pet pig (lost, found, pig-napped and sold) reuniting with owners

 

ASCO COUNTY — 

A Pasco County pet pig found itself in quite the predicament.

Piggy, a six month old Yorkshire pig, pulled what his owner Anne Hammond calls “a Houdini” over the weekend and somehow managed to squeeze out of his pen on Kimberly Avenue in Zephyrhills.

He then wandered down the street into a neighbors yard.  Shannon Shafer found him and said she immediately knew he was someone’s pet and put him inside her house for safe keeping.  But while she was out, piggy was pig-napped.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says Earl Florer, of Dade City, was collecting scrap metal from Shafer’s yard.

They say when Shafer left, he opened the window to the room where Piggy was being kept, reached in and snatched him.  They say Florer then turned around and sold Piggy for $40.

Luckily, it didn’t take long for detectives to track Piggy down.

Meanwhile, Florer was arrested and charged with burglary.

 

Meanwhile in Florida….

See what I mean?

But I want to drag your attention back to Sankaku for just a second..

 

 

Sweden: Manga “Not Child Porn” After All

 

The Swedish Supreme Court has finally worked out that drawings are not people, and in a landmark case has acquitted a man convicted of possessing child pornography after the authorities found suggestive manga-themed imagery on his computer.

The case in question, previously covered in some detail, was that of a Swedish manga translator convicted of possessing child pornography after courts decided some of the artwork found on his PC depicted minors (a picture of two girls eating a banana, above, was one of the images authorities alleged constituted child pornography).

He disputed the ruling, but two lower courts upheld the guilty verdict, although his fine was lowered.

Eventually his case reached Sweden’s Supreme Court, and the judge there finally accepted his arguments that he needed the images as part of his job and that drawings should not be treated as child pornography:

“The criminalization of possession of the drawings would otherwise exceed what is necessary with regard to the purpose which has led to the restriction on freedom of expression and freedom of information.”

The Supreme Court insisted the images were pornographic representations of children all the same, but relented by conceding that as imaginary entities they were not in fact the same as real children.

However, they did insist one image was “sufficiently realistic” as to constitute child pornography (apparently contradicting the entire basis of their verdict in the process), but decided to acquit him for that one as well anyway.

The exonerated man later expressed his relief to the press:

“I’m obviously very relieved, in part because it makes life easier for me personally, but most of all I’m generally relieved for Sweden as a whole.

It would have been very hard for me to relate to Sweden as a country if it turned out to be a place that prohibited certain expressions of the imagination.”

Even his lawyer seemed happy with the court’s murky logic:

“It’s heartening that common sense has prevailed. The Supreme Court has an excellent way of cutting through the formalities and coming to the right conclusion. The ruling is very good in its entirety.”

 

It’s a little funny actually. This whole ideal about child pornography in societal means very little in the grand scheme of things, and yet we as humans love to nit-pick on the small things. Let’s widen our little views and show you this…

 

‘Sleeping Mexican’ Symbol Continues to Vex Drive-In Memorial

what is the role of symbols, designs, and messages now considered to be offensive

Jim Forsyth

The city says it is exploring other options in dealing with preserving the historic integrity of the old Mission Drive-In Theater, which included a mural featuring the old image known as the ‘Sleeping Mexican’ which many people now consider to be an offensive stereotype, 1200 WOAI news reports.

The figure showing a man wearing a large sombrero, his knees against his chest and sleeping up against Mission San Jose was commonly used in the 1940s and 1950s.  A similar drawing, this time featuring the man sleeping against a cactus, was used throughout the 1950s by the state of Arizona to promote tourism.

“The portrayal of an Indian as being lazy and dumb and stupid is what it depicts,” Ronald Rocha told a panel meeting at the Mission Trails Public Library last night.  “A lazy, meaningless person.”

The debate is part of a larger controversy over how racist, demeaning, and offensive historical images should be treated in preservation efforts.  Similar debates have emerged about signs and symbols offensive to African Americans which once were common sights across the South, anti-Chinese images in California, and anti-Native American symbols across the country, including, in the eyes of some, sports team nicknames like the Braves, the Redskins, and the Indians.

The issue in this case is whether the Sleeping Mexican, which was a key part of the design on the movie theater from its construction in 1947 to the early 1960s, should be included in a mural honoring the theaters to go up near the library.

“The mural was found to be significantly part of this historic marquee back in the forties and fifties,” said the city’s Jimmy La Flore.  “Maybe we can take a look at substitution.”

Several people spoke out last night, saying the image is offensive and should not be included in any modern design.  But officials say historic preservation efforts require that the structure be significantly reproduced, including the art work that was part of it.

A second public hearing is planned before any final decision is made.

 

You know funny story, Americans are racist…what’s the punch line? That’s it. Welcome to the US, people.

 

That’s it for another short post, I got things to do and people to piss off, so I’ll see you next time.

This is Grasshole, over and out.

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