Weekend Quickie/Pony Show Weekend Edition Part 2

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Just a small quickie for your Sunday enjoyment. I wanna say that as much as I love watching people An Hero every day in Japan, the latest frequency of An Heroes has become rather disturbing. It seems the bullying in Japan has started getting more and more teenagers over there killed. Now, I often find the easiest way to kill yourself is to just to not do it. Suffering from old age as a means of death is far more painful than a bullet to the head or throwing yourself off of a building; So if you want a painful death, that’s the way to go. Anyway, let me stop yammering about suicide and just give you the news.



Soka boy bullied into taking leap off school



SAITAMA — A 13-year-old boy broke bones in his waist and chest in April after being bullied into jumping off a public junior high school building in Soka, Saitama Prefecture, it was learned Friday.

The board of education believes the boy had been bullied routinely before jumping off the eaves of the second floor in a “test of courage” on April 18.

As a result of the 3-meter drop to the concrete below, the boy sustained broken bones, including in his chest. He has missed nearly all of his classes since school began in April and is still under rehabilitation.

The board did not release the name of the school nor any other details into the incident.

At the request of the boy’s parents, Saitama police are interviewing his teachers and classmates, board officials said. According to sources, at least four schoolmates were likely involved in the forced leap. Beforehand, the boy had been ordered to pay an unspecified sum to the bullies or “prove his courage” by jumping from the second floor.

Although considered a die-hard problem at schools, bullying has been thrust into the national spotlight again since the allegedly forced suicide of a 13-year-old student in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, last October recently came to light. He allegedly jumped off a condominium building after being bullied by schoolmates, who made him rehearse his own death.

In a related move Friday, the Osaka prefectural board of education said it will allow public elementary and junior high schools to suspend bullies if they fail to heed multiple warnings.


It seems Friday’s shooting wasn’t enough, we have idiots in Japan still throwing themselves off buildings. God, our world is crumbling. And faster than I had first predicted. I mean I know suicide rates in Japan are much higher than say, the US, but umm I always assumed it was for competition from education, which I still think it’s cause Asians take education too seriously. Knowledge isn’t only from books, it can be obtained anywhere through any medium. Having all the book smarts in the world won’t save you in a time of crisis nor will it save you from a nuclear war. Knowing ahead of time where to go for your next meal, and thinking about what your next strategic move is in chess, that’s how you get smarter, not reading books everyday. Darwin once mentioned that the strongest survive, well the strongest people are the smartest people who know their way around in the world. Think of it as a faster means to say accomplish a desired task but doing that on a much faster way.


Anyway, that’s my short Philosophy lesson for all of you readers out there. This is Grass signing out.

Mitt Romney is out of control

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Let’s talk a little philosophy for a second about the anime industry and how we incorporate women and all these sorts of things involved in the culture of Japan. Specifically seiyuus and how they are portrayed. Now, I’m not siding with the critics or the V.A.s but there comes a time when we have to realize this…

Lewd Seiyuu Philosophy and What IS a Seiyuu?

Bishoujo Project class in session again. This ain’t no Koe de Oshigoto. Okay I lied. It sort of is, but first: what is a Say Yoo? Say Yuu? Seiyuu. Oh right. To quote ANN:

Seiyuu is the Japanese term for voice actor or actress – whether in animation, radio, dubbed non-Japanese films, etc.

Essentially it’s a Japanese word to refer to someone in the voice acting industry, however it should be noted that the voice acting industry in Japan has much greater prominence than in most other places; voice actors there often have idol-like status, fan-clubs, and whatnot. Popular seiyuu in Japan commonly have fan meetings, and are as well-known as famous musicians. There are actually even magazines and television shows dedicated to seiyuu. Every endeavor has it’s “groupies”, and as such there are even seiyuu otaku as previously noted here — furthermore these kinds of otaku tend to be of the creepiest variety, however that’s for another article.

So what relevance does Koe de Oshigoto have? It reveals that a lot of seiyuu are actually shockingly lewd creatures. The word “seiyuu” has a very vanilla nuance, however they’re also the ones who do things like auditorily guzzle cum (among other things) in your Japanese multi-media. I bet that doesn’t occur to many people.


In all seriousness though, in regards to perception within otaku communities, it’s just that “I sell my voice professionally” is a slightly more lewd role than most people may think, but only in the context of the Japanese voice industry in that anime is a very sexualized medium with extremely close ties to eroge and hentai. I believe this is where a lot of the sexualization and sexual jokes come from in regards to famous Seiyuu 1 being sluts. Of course it’s really just an explanation of why certain things happen within otaku culture, so I wanted to explain the reasoning behind some of these things with them being so relevant to an article on defining the seiyuu.

Sex scandals and jokes aside for those unfamiliar with seiyuu and other related musings hopefully this article taught you something, and what role they have in otaku culture. Naturally at the BP we teach you how to identify a SLUTwhat you need to know.

I’m on the side of realism, but c’mon this is no different than the gossip we see in the states with people like Angelina Jolie or whoever. My point is this, it’s gossip, when it comes down to it. But the case with Seiyuus it’s more like a developed culture influenced this sort of thing. But that’s just what I think, once again, you should do your own research instead of taking things first hand from me. So let’s move onto some real news.

Mitt Romney’s tax excuse #213: The widow did it, why can’t I?

By Patricia Murphy

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been hounded for months by Democrats and Republicans to release several years of his tax returns. But he may have hit a new low Tuesday when he declared on “Fox and Friends” that plenty of other presidential hopefuls have made the same choice to keep their personal finances private, including Teresa Heinz Kerry.

“You know, John McCain ran for president and released two years of tax returns,” Romney said.  “John Kerry ran for president. You know his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, never released her tax returns. Somehow this wasn’t an issue.”John Kerry’s wife?  Really, Mitt Romney?

It’s hard to know where to start with Romney’s Widow Heinz defense, but let’s begin with the obvious—  Teresa Heinz Kerry was not running for president in 2004, her husband was.  Even then, Teresa Heinz Kerry actually did release a summary of her tax returns for 2003, but only after it became such a big issue for the Kerry camp it could no longer be ignored.

Although the Kerrys kept their finances so separate that Kerry famously had to take out a $6 million mortgage on his house to keep his presidential campaign afloat (rather than dip into the vast fortune that his wife had inherited from her late husband), everyone from the Howard Dean campaign to the Wall Street Journal editorial board wanted  to see what his wife’s millions would say about the senator —Were there offshore accounts?  Exotic tax shelters?  A lower tax rate for the heiress than the regular tax rate a waitress would pay?

In the end, Teresa Heinz Kerry reluctantly allowed a peek into her family’s financial information—yes, she paid a significantly lower percentage of her income in taxes than most working Americans.  But a family lawyer added that none of her money was parked offshore to avoid taxes at home. Romney’s lawyers have made no such claim.

On Tuesday, Romney also pointed to McCain as an example of a presidential candidate who kept his money matters mostly secret.  But just like Kerry, McCain came across most of his money by marrying it. His wife, Cindy McCain, had inherited a multi-million fortune from her family’s liquor business, while the senator had just his Senate salary and his Navy pension to his name. Even then, Cindy McCain eventually did release two year’s worth of information, saying she “just didn’t want the release of the tax returns to become a distraction from the big issues of the campaign.”

Romney’s comparison to McCain and Kerry ignores the crucial fact that nearly all of the money he is taxed on has come directly from his own actions and from a radically successful business career that would make most people proud. But his refusal to share the details of his money and the taxes he has paid on it leaves voters with only one assumption to make—that the damage he’s inflicting on himself now is nothing in comparison to the damage that would be done by revealing where his fortune comes from and which taxes he has paid on it over the years.

As a glance at history shows, Americans have no problem with a wealthy president.  In fact, they often to gravitate toward men with deep pockets, family compounds and glamorous dynasties to lean on. But Americans do have a problem with someone who seems to be hiding something. And a candidate who points a finger at someone’s wife as an excuse for his own choices? That never ends well.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of what Reps do but I think it’s safe to say we should let them do whatever it is they want. Cause nothing ever ends when Republicans are behind these things.

Anime Cakes Sweeter Than Ever

Author: Artefact

Fans of anime and cake have been lauding the work of a cakery specialising in providing some rather well illustrated cakes for the discerning otaku palette.

The cakes, by Gunma patisserie Torte, have been proving popular online of late.

Yet another gallery post, jeez Artefact is lazy. Moving on…

U.S.: Syria Violence ‘Out of Control’

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration declared Wednesday that Syria’s government is losing control of the country and said the world must act to prevent the development of a dangerous and violent power vacuum.

“The Assad regime is losing control of Syria,” a senior administration official said, citing a bombing that killed the country’s defense minister and two other associates of President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, noting sustained fighting in Damascus, also said the situation was “rapidly spinning out of control.”

“It’s obvious that what is happening in Syria represents a real escalation in the fighting,” Mr. Panetta said during …

Let’s talk about bad drivers shall we?

Teen Ejected From Car, Others In Car Unaware

BLACKDUCK, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota State Patrol says a driver who bounced in and out of a highway ditch unknowingly lost her backseat passenger, who was ejected through a broken window.

The patrol says the 72-year-old driver, Louise Ericksen, was driving southbound on Highway 72 in Beltrami County Sunday when her car strayed into the ditch, hit a sign and broke a back window. As the car bounced along the rough terrain, 15-year-old Kendall Ericksen was ejected out the broken window.

The driver maneuvered her Impala back on the highway and continued southbound without realizing Kendall was missing.

The Duluth News Tribune says when the driver and a front seat passenger discovered Kendall wasn’t there, they drove back to the area where they had gone in the ditch and found her standing alongside the highway. She wasn’t seriously injured.

And just in case you thought the Taleebahn was kaput, well…

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A bomb planted by the Taliban destroyed 22 NATO trucks carrying supplies to their forces in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban and police said on Wednesday.

Eighteen fuel trucks and four supply vehicles were parked in Aibak, the capital of Samangan province, when a bomb ripped through them, wounding one person, local police said.

“At 2 a.m. the mujahideen attacked the invader NATO trucks,” the Taliban said in a statement, referring to the wagons which had been driven from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan’s north.

The trucks were attacked in the same province where prominent anti-Taliban lawmaker Ahmad Khan Samangani was killed on Saturday at his daughter’s wedding, in a suicide bomb attack that killed 22 other guests.

“We believe the Taliban carried this out. Eighteen trucks have been totally destroyed, the rest were damaged by fire,” Samangan police chief Khalil Andarabi told Reuters.

Separately, police in neighboring Baghlan province said they had detained 10 suspected Taliban members with so-called magnetic bombs, which they were trying to attach to supply trucks.

Pakistan recently reopened its border crossings with Afghanistan for NATO supplies after shutting them in November after a U.S. airstrike unintentionally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Just a small bump in the road after all, I’m sure America will conquer and live in the middle east some day. Then the Americans will all be like ‘PRAISE ALAH!’ Hahahaha, that’ll be the day. One can still dream can’t they? 😉

And last but not least, let’s remember that idiot shotacon Sandusky.

The torturous, winding path of Sandusky’s ‘Victim 1’

And he couldn’t begin to describe to his mother why he no longer wanted anything more to do with Jerry Sandusky, who had eagerly sought to become a part of the child’s life, disguised as a generous father figure.

The teenager’s horrific account of Sandusky’s abuse, which spanned nearly four years, could have easily been buried here for good.

After all, the former Penn State University assistant football coach was regarded in this gritty, central Pennsylvania town — as he was across the state — as a savior for a legion of troubled, fatherless kids. Even if he could overcome the shame of acknowledging that he was regularly forced to submit to a middle-age man’s sexual advances or shed the fear of naming someone as prominent as Sandusky, who would believe him?

And who would save him from the predator, who the victim was convinced would kill him if he dared take his story to police?

Improbably, the shaggy-haired teenager would overcome it all: the shame, the humiliation and the fear. Designated by the Pennsylvania grand jury as “Victim 1,” he has long been credited with launching the successful prosecution of Sandusky, leading to last week’s devastating internal review of the university. It found that Penn State‘s top leaders did nothing to stop the former coach’s abuse.

What has not been discussed in detail before now is the victim’s painful journey — from accuser to crucial prosecution witness — in one of the most damaging sports scandals in U.S. history. This account was provided to USA TODAY in interviews with the victim’s psychologist, Michael Gillum, who in addition to counseling the victim, sat in on key police interviews and accompanied the victim to secret state grand jury sessions. He described his client’s decision to step forward, an exhaustive schedule of police interviews and three anxious appearances before the grand jury. All of it a prelude to taking the witness stand in a packed courtroom just yards from the man who abused him.

Gillum’s account is not disputed by Pennsylvania authorities and is supported by courtroom testimony, which outline similarly wrenching decisions by the other seven known victims to tell their stories in an open courtroom. It is USA TODAY’s policy not to name the victims of sexual abuse. An attorney representing the victim declined to allow him to be interviewed. Gillum, who spoke with his client’s knowledge, said that he hoped that by relating his experience other victims of abuse would be encouraged to report it, regardless of the consequences.

“From the first time we met,” Gillum said, “he was fearful that he would be killed. He believed that Jerry Sandusky could have him killed.”

There is no evidence that Sandusky made such a threat, but Gillum said the boy’s extreme fear, along with anonymous threats delivered by telephone and letter after his name was linked to the investigation, set in motion elaborate plans by Clinton County, Pa., youth authorities to relocate the victim and his mother if their safety was put at risk.

“This was Jerry Sandusky we’re talking about here,” Gillum said of the former coach who was described by an official at the victim’s school as possessing a “heart of gold,” and who once patrolled the sidelines of the nearby football cathedral that is Penn State’s Beaver Stadium.

Yet against all odds, unlikely Lock Haven is where the case against Sandusky began, leading to his ultimate conviction last month on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The 68-year-old is in a central Pennsylvania jail awaiting sentencing later this summer.

A collective silence

From the time the teen found the courage to speak in 2008 until the day he took the witness stand last month, his experience underscores a complex reality that defies the megawatt attention that child sex abuse cases often draw once they become public, victims’ advocates said.

To a person, each of the coach’s eight known victims described in court how they attempted to block the horrific memories of abuse from their consciousness.

Some initially refused to cooperate with the criminal investigation when police approached them. One of them, now 28, told jurors in the Sandusky trial that he had wanted to “bury forever” the memories of an estimated 50 sexual encounters with Sandusky, only to come forward after police investigators “hunted me down.”

High-profile child sex abuse scandals at Penn State, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America represent evidence of the pervasive nature of abuse, and the victims’ accounts reveal that public attention to such cases — no matter how intense — often is not enough to overcome the paralyzing fear and humiliation that, for many, result in their collective silence.

On the same day that the Sandusky verdict was delivered, June 22, Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn was convicted of child endangerment, the first Catholic Church official found guilty of covering up past abuses by priests under his direction.

Earlier last month, the Oregon Supreme Court approved the release of thousands of pages in files compiled by the Boy Scouts related to suspected child abusers in its ranks. The files came to light as part of a 2010 lawsuit in which a jury found that the group failed to protect children from an abusive assistant scoutmaster, Timur Dykes, dating to the 1980s.

“There is shame, fear, even guilt that they (the victims) may have allowed something like this to happen,” said Curtis St. John, a spokesman for MaleSurvivor, a national advocacy group for sex abuse victims.

Himself a victim, St. John, 44, said he kept the secret of his abuse by a middle school teacher for 22 years.

“Even when sexual abuse as a child could be the root cause of all their current problems, victims always are reluctant to talk about it.”

An estimated one in four women and one in six men are sexually abused before age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jolie Logan, president of Darkness to Light, another victims’ advocacy group, said the reluctance to report such cases suggests the numbers of victims could be much higher.

She said cases involving assailants such as priests or prominent figures like Sandusky are particularly insidious. Typically, she said, the contact begins — as eight Sandusky victims testified — with gifts, trips and other benefits “that serve to break down victims’ defenses and instincts” before the conduct veers into the physical and sexual realm.

“Because these victims are young and in the midst of physical development, this escalating behavior adds to confusion,” Logan said. “They are often put in a position to think, this is what men do.”

‘He was shaking’

Gillum doesn’t have to consult a file to recall the day when a shaken 14-year-old boy and his angry mother arrived at his nondescript Main Street office.

It was Nov. 20, 2008, and his two visitors had come straight from a disturbing meeting at a local high school where the boy told a counselor that Sandusky, then a volunteer football coach at the school, had engaged in unspecific inappropriate conduct with him.

The boy’s mother had arranged the meeting with the counselor, she told the jury at Sandusky’s trial, after her son began asking questions about how to access information about sexual abuse online.

Angered that school officials cautioned her against going immediately to authorities with information about such a prominent figure, the mother testified that she went directly to the Clinton County Children and Youth Social Services office.

Jennifer Sobjak, the office’s assistant director, said the boy and his mother showed up with no advance notice. An initial interview with a female staffer proved uncomfortable and halting, Sobjak said, before the boy was referred to Gillum’s second-floor office, partially decorated in Crayon images created by his daughter and some young clients.

“He was so anxious, he was shaking,” Gillum now recalls.

In the two hours that followed, the psychologist said, the boy provided enough information — incidents of fondling, kissing and other inappropriate contact — that “indicated Jerry Sandusky as a child sex abuser.”

The conclusion triggered a series of notifications and telephone calls to the Pennsylvania State Police, to Sandusky’s charity for troubled children, known as The Second Mile, and to the boy’s high school, where officials were notified of the claims against Sandusky.

The county report resulted in Sandusky’s required separation from the school pending the resolution of the allegations.

The public backlash, Gillum said, was almost immediate and jarring. Within weeks, the boy’s mother reported to state investigators that she was confronted in a Lock Haven business by an unhappy local resident who had learned that her son had been linked to the allegations triggering Sandusky’s removal as a volunteer.

The child’s identity spread rapidly through the community, the psychologist said, making him and his mother the target of harassment — and ultimately threats of harm — by locals upset that Sandusky had been dismissed from the school.

School officials did not respond to requests for comment.

From his initial meetings with the boy, Gillum said, it became clear, based on the victim’s fear and the community’s anger, that extraordinary steps were needed to protect him and his mother.

“We started putting a (witness) relocation plan together almost from the first week,” Gillum said, adding that an undisclosed sum of county money was dedicated to the effort. “There was huge fear.”

The search for other victims

Despite his mounting personal anxiety, the victim’s role in the case quickly expanded, as monthly meetings with state police investigators were added to a weekly meeting with the psychologist.

Anthony Sassano, the attorney general’s chief investigator, testified at Sandusky’s trial that the teenager’s account launched a wide-ranging inquiry against the former coach. He described a “daunting” effort in which fellow agents tracked leads provided by the victim to find other key witnesses.

A search of Sandusky’s home, Sassano said, later turned up a trove of photographs, including several photos of the teen and other fellow victims.

Still, Gillum said, it took about three months before the victim began to speak about the most disturbing aspects of his contact with Sandusky: explicit encounters involving oral sex during extended stays at Sandusky’s home in State College.

“He was very reluctant to talk about what happened to him,” Gillum said. “He would say, ‘I just hate talking about it; I can’t stand talking about it.’ “

During his first appearance before a state grand jury in the summer of 2009, Gillum said his anxious client was often “overcome by emotion,” resulting in frequent breaks to help steady him.

With the approval of the supervising judge, the psychologist was allowed to accompany his client inside each of the three secret grand jury sessions in Harrisburg, which extended into 2010.

Yet the task of relating years of abuse by Sandusky never got easier, despite relaxation and visualization exercises Gillum used to help the victim cope with the unfamiliar trappings of the criminal justice system.

“There were times,” Gillum said, “when he couldn’t talk about what happened to him at all.”

A new wave of anxiety crashed the teenager’s world last November when the charges against Sandusky were made public. The announcement set off an intense national media pursuit of the victim and seven others.

(Two other victims have not been found by authorities.)

Anticipating the media onslaught, the county activated one of its three relocation plans, financing the move of mother and victim to a rental home in a local neighborhood. Gillum said the victim’s mother added two “large” guard dogs to patrol the fenced-in yard, and a state police detail was placed on call in the event of trouble.

“The state police were very helpful,” he said.

School, however, was a different story.

Tense encounters with fellow students after the release of the graphic grand jury report led to the victim’s transfer midway through the school year.

Gillum said the move became necessary after some students, angered that the allegations would taint Penn State and the reign of legendary coach Joe Paterno, began making physical threats against his young client.

The timing of the move meant he would be preparing to graduate from a new high school and testify against the former Penn State icon at the same time.

‘I’m here to tell the truth’

Days after his graduation, the victim finally appeared in a packed Bellefonte, Pa., courtroom.

His face showing the strain of an emotional legal and personal journey of nearly four years, the victim began recounting some of the worst abuse Sandusky was later convicted of inflicting. His halting testimony, often through tears, appeared to provoke an equally wrenching response from the jury of seven women and five men seated just to his right.

When lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan finished guiding him through a catalog of horrors, the victim was forced to face Sandusky at the defense table where attorney Joe Amendola questioned whether financial motives were behind his accusations. No, he said.

“All I know is, I’m here to tell the truth about what happened to me, just like everybody else,” the victim said, before stepping down and mercifully out of the spotlight.

Ten days later, while on his way to a new security job and perhaps the next chapter in a young life, the 18-year-old’s cellphone rang.

The jury, his mother told him, had reached a verdict.

Gillum said the victim pulled his car to the side of the road, where, alone in the car on a late Friday night, he took in the news: guilty on 45 counts, including all charges related to Sandusky’s abuse of him.

“I think he was just relieved that it was over,” the psychologist said.

This is Grass signing out. Good night, everybody.

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