The Pony Show: Weekend Edition – Neil Armstrong Dies

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“Ad Astra Per Aspera”

 

So guys, I know it’s been a while since I did much posting on here, but here’s a good headliner for you. The first man to set foot on the moon, dies…on the moon. Okay he didn’t die on the moon, but it was good banter. The pic and caption up there you see was from the Aperture Science page on Facebook, and before anyone asks, yes that’s Latin for “To the stars and beyond’.

 

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies

 

Armstrong was commander of the Apollo 11 mission that made the first manned lunar landing on July 20, 1969. He had undergone heart surgery Aug. 8, three days after his 82nd birthday. His family said that Armstrong had passed from post-surgery complications.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures,” the family said in a statement. “Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.”

As he stepped off the lunar module and set foot on the moon’s surface, he said “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” underscoring a centuries-old fantasy among human kind and a high point in the Cold War era space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. An estimated 500 million TV viewers watched the event, engrossed by the surreal, grainy black-and-white footage.

The notoriously publicity shy Armstrong was a reluctant hero. In an era of celebrity adulation, Armstrong refused to sign autographs or grant interviews, giving only infrequent speeches. “I don’t want a living memorial,” he once said. He reluctantly joined fellow Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in anniversary celebrations of the moon landing.

Armstrong flew Navy fighter jets during the Korean War, flying nearly 80 missions and later became a test pilot before joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as part of its second group of astronauts. Armstrong commanded Gemini 8 in 1966, which suffered near disaster until he used a back-up system to stop an uncontrolled capsule spin and made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean.

Armstrong’s prowess was again demonstrated following the moon landing, when it was later revealed that lunar module had just 20 seconds of fuel left when he steered to avoid large boulders before touching down in the Sea of Tranquility.

The self-described nerd downplayed hero status.

“I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer,” he said a February 2000 appearance. “And I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession.”

Born in tiny Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong took his first flight as a six year old, fueling a lifetime passion for aviation. He attended Purdue University to study aeronautical engineering before the Korean War, later earning a master’s degree at the University of Southern California.

The lunar landing made him more popular than his hero, aviator Charles Lindberg, but Armstrong shunned the spotlight. After walking on the moon, he lived a mostly private life, buying a farm and teaching aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati until 1979.

When he appeared in Dayton in 2003 to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight, he bounded onto a stage before 10,000 people packed into a baseball stadium. But he spoke for only a few seconds, did not mention the moon, and quickly ducked out of the spotlight.

“Neil Armstrong was a pioneer of flight and that is how he would want to be remembered,” says space historian John Logsdon, author of JFK and the Race to the Moon. “In his mind he flew all kinds of vehicles that set record firsts, and one of them happened to be the first one on the moon.”

Armstrong basically saw himself as an aviator first and foremost, part of the long tradition of American pilots going back to the Wright Brothers, Logsdon says.

“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request,” his family said in a Saturday statement. “Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

“He will be part of history forever,” Logsdon said.

So there you have it guys, the man was a Hero, not An Hero.

This is Grass signing out, peace.

 

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who uttered one of history’s most famous proclamations when he became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, died Saturday.

Children die cause of Naruto in Greecian government

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Hey everybody, how’s it going? I hope you all had an enjoyable Halloween and you enjoyed your parties and/or trick-or-treating. But as you all know, it’s Tuesday (火曜日) and that means we are moving on. This morning was oddly chilly but like all mornings in recent times, we are moving toward winter which  means we’re even closer to Skyward Sword with each cold day. And with that ladies and gentlemen, we will push onward, toward today’s news.

Seattle retard, Cody Porter, wanted to be Gaara for Halloween but couldn’t and ended up dying cause his friends thought he could survive in sand. here’s the video

This only further proves that anime  \ne \!\, real life. I’m glad that kid died, less retards in this world need to get their hands on anime and try something foolishly dumb and get themselves killed. I’m sure the next kid out there will get a huge ass sword and pretend that Bleach is real and try to go bankai on their friend and then we’d be blaming Bleach for killing kids. Then Americans will ban anime and then I’ll just LOL cause frankly, if that’s what it takes to stop kids from burying each other in sand, then by all means, America, do it faggot.

Next up, who are worse: Seiyuus or their fans.

“Which Are Worse – The Seiyuu or Their Creepy Fans?”

Author: Artefact

 

With top seiyuu like Aya Hirano, Ayana Taketatsu and Aki Toyosaki all reduced to pariah status for daring to associate with men in the space of weeks, the divide between fans who treat seiyuu as objects of obsession and those who treat them as voice actors has never been so stark – but as some are keen to point out, it has always been thus. As has been pointed out by sources familiar with the business in some detail, scandals centred on the supposed improprieties of a seiyuu are nothing new:

Tomo Sakurai

Nineties idol/singer seiyuu perhaps best known for voicing Macross 7′s Mylene.

Kept her marriage and child completely secret from fans, only to be exposed by a weekly tabloid. She subsequently apologised to fans at a press conference. She was subsequently shunned by fans and lost most of her work.

Mariko Kouda

Nineties idol seiyuu known for Kanon’s Nayuki, amongst many others.

Announced her marriage to fans on a radio show, upsetting most of her more ardent fans – after which she lost most of her work.

Yuko Miyamura

Asuka Langley, Casca, etc.

Fans managed to identify her (by her teeth and other characteristics) in “SM Erotic Experiences for Two,” an old amateur fetish AV from her student days. Her image amongst these fans was irreparably ruined, although she managed to retain the Asuka role.

Her personal life, resembling that of a normal person and involving the full gamut of marriages, divorces, children, illnesses, etc., also contributed to her losing most of her work.

Kana Hanazawa

Kuroneko, Zange-chan, Suou, Charlotte, etc.

A person claiming “my girlfriend is a seiyuu” appeared on 2ch with photographs of apparently genuine anime scripts and “purikura” shots of her. As she marketed herself on innocent cuteness, the damage would have been considerable had anyone actually heard of her, or had she not found her mini-scandal sandwiched in between several similar revelations.

Aya Hirano

Which is worse, the fans and their unhealthy demands, or the idols who stoop to deceiving them, is a question which is increasingly being debated on 2ch, not coincidentally the place responsible for 90% of the hysterics surrounding these incidents:

“Don’t forget Mizuki.”

“And Taketatsu!”

“The person who wrote all that stuff up knows nothing. Miyamura and company all ended in the late nineties anyway.”

“No – Miyamura was totally ruined by the scandal:

96/06/21 15,400 34,320 *25位 *4回 ケンカ番長 ←1st album
97/09/22 *7,020 31,930 *19位 *4回 不意打ち  ←2nd album
98/07/23 **,*** **,*** 圏外 **回 産休~Thank You~ ←Post-scandal [sales figures too low to be published]“

“There’s no way the seiyuu caught up in the Sphere fracas will lose all their work though.”

“Mizuki doesn’t even need male fans any more.”

“When I first saw her, I remember thinking Hirano reminded me of Miyamura for some reason. In the end they both fell because of men, it seems.”

“I understand why seiyuu who get married lose all their fans. But why do they have to lose all their roles?”

Japan’s disgusting fanbase is more or  less attributed to the equivalent of pop-idolism in the US.  Not that I’m surprised since I’ve known all along that Japan is just America #2 with whores, sex, and weird shit. Ya I got nothing…if you live in the US going to Japan is like going to New York except everyone speaks a different language. Anyway, since today is a semi short day for news, I serve up  some image links at the bottom for you guys to enjoy.

 

Government in Greece Teeters After Move on Referendum

By NIKI KITSANTONIS and

ATHENS — The Greek government was plunged into chaos on Tuesday, as lawmakers rebelled against Prime Minister George Papandreou’s surprise call for a popular referendum on a new debt deal with Greece’s foreign lenders.

The revolt by lawmakers and a no-confidence vote planned for Friday raised the prospect of a government collapse that would not only render the referendum plan moot but likely scuttle — or at least delay — the debt deal that European leaders agreed on after marathon negotiations in Brussels last week. That, in turn, could put Greece on a fast track to default and raises the prospect of the country’s exit from the monetary union of countries sharing the euro currency.

The chairman of the euro zone finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, warned that simply the plan to hold a referendum endangers an $11 billion loan that Greece was to receive under the bailout deal, and is urgently needed to prevent a Greek default. Mr. Juncker, who is also the prime minister of Luxembourg, added that Greece could face bankruptcy if it votes “no” on the bailout deal.

The political instability in Greece has long dismayed European officials, who fear that it could touch off a financial market panic that could cause a damaging run on other shaky European economies like that of Italy, which is mired in its own political crisis. Indeed, European markets plunged on Tuesday on the news from Greece, in most cases in excess of four percent.

On Tuesday, European leaders said the deal reached last week to write down 50 percent of some Greek debt was the best available way to build a financial “firewall,” but that wall now seems to be breaking down. In an effort to limit the damage, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France said they would hold emergency talks on Greece with the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and euro zone leaders on Wednesday, news agencies reported. They said they also plan to meet with representatives of the Greek government before a critical meeting of the G-20 group of advanced and emerging economies on Thursday.

Analysts said that Mr. Papandreou’s call for a referendum was a last resort, meant to gain broader political support for the unpopular austerity measures in the deal without forcing early elections that would only worsen the country’s political and economic turmoil.

But after weeks of mounting pressure, one Socialist lawmaker quit the party to become an independent, reducing Mr. Papandreou’s majority to 152 seats out of 300 in Parliament, and another six Socialists wrote a letter calling on Mr. Papandreou to resign and schedule early elections for a new government with greater political legitimacy. Together, the developments made it doubtful whether his government would survive a confidence vote planned for Friday.

Meanwhile, the center-right opposition New Democracy party on Tuesday stepped up its calls for early elections. Its leader, Antonis Samaras, has opposed most of the austerity measures the government accepted in exchange for foreign financial aid. Mr. Samaras has said that if he were in power, he would try to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s arrangement with its principal foreign lenders, known as the troika: the European Union, the European Central Bank and the I.M.F.

“Mr. Papandreou, in his effort to save himself, has presented a divisive and extortionate dilemma,” Mr. Samaras said on Tuesday. “New Democracy is determined to avert, at all costs, such reckless adventurism.”

Mr. Samaras declined to say whether he would ask his 85 members of Parliament to resign, a move that would lead to the dissolution of Parliament and a snap election. The next general election was not due until 2013, when the Socialists’ four-year-term expires. Mr. Samaras is expected to clarify his stance at a meeting of his party’s parliamentary group on Wednesday.

European leaders have repeatedly dismissed Mr. Samaras’s notion of renegotiating Greece’s deal with its lenders, saying that trying to do so would be damaging and would throw away months of work on a plan to keep Greece from defaulting.

Mr. Papandreou’s announcement of a referendum took Greek lawmakers by surprise, just as it did political leaders and investors across Europe. On Tuesday, the state television channel Net reported that even the finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, had not been informed in advance about the referendum, although he was aware of plans for a confidence vote.

Mr. Venizelos was taken to a hospital Tuesday morning, complaining of stomach pain. Doctors said he had an inflamed appendix. He is the latest in a string of governing party officials to be rushed to hospitals in recent weeks. One Greek negotiator had a heart attack in Brussels last week.

In Greece, Mr. Papandreou’s referendum proposal seemed to be his last, best hope. His political capital has dried up, and he faces intense anger from voters who have been squeezed to the breaking point by the austerity measures demanded by Greece’s foreign lenders.

Many Greek voters say they are tired of hearing about decisions taken in foreign capitals and political initiatives that do not represent ordinary Greeks. “The government is no longer in control, others are calling the shots,” said Akis Tsirogiannis, a 42-year-old father-of-two who recently lost his job at a furniture workshop in Athens.

But he said he shared the skepticism of many other Greeks that snap elections would solve anything. “The opposition parties are even worse than the government,” he said. “They don’t have a clue about what needs to be done, they just want to grasp the chance to get into power.”

He said he would vote against the debt deal in a referendum, should the government survive to hold such a vote. “This deal, like all the others, is a life sentence of austerity for Greeks. The country is being run from the outside — by bankers and the European Union government. We need to reclaim our country, whatever that entails.”

Charged by Europe with dismantling the welfare state they helped create, many of Mr. Papandreou’s Socialist members of Parliament feel they too have reached their breaking points.

Vasso Papandreou, a prominent member of parliament and a former minister who is not related to the prime minister, called on Greek President Karolos Papoulias to order the formation of a unity government ahead of early general elections. “Bankruptcy is imminent,” she said. Earlier this month, Ms. Papandreou said she would vote for a new raft of austerity measures, but that it would be “the last time” she supported the government unconditionally.

If Mr. Papandreou’s government falls, it would not be the first one in Europe to be toppled by the austerity demanded by European debt relief. In Ireland and Portugal governments fell after accepting bailouts from the European Union and the I.M.F., and last month the Slovakian government fell over a vote on whether to participate in the European Union’s rescue package.

This isn’t as interesting as  when fistfights broke out in Italy. The last news story before I get to the images is Hillary Clinton’s mom dies.

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s mother dies

By David Jackson, USA TODAY

Our condolences to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose mother passed away this morning.

Dorothy Rodham, often credited by her daughter for her success in public life, was 92.

“She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was,” said a statement from the Clinton family: “A warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.”

The former first lady had canceled a planned State Department trip to Europe to be with her mother.

Mrs. Rodham is also survived by her son-in-law, former president Bill Clinton.

The funeral will be private.

In an obituary, The Washington Post described Mrs. Rodham as “a suburban Chicago homemaker who endured a devastating childhood and served as an inspiration to her daughter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the most accomplished women in U.S. history”:

Mrs. Rodham spent decades as a familiar but unflashy presence alongside her daughter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and son-in-law, Bill Clinton.

She accompanied them to Arkansas, where Bill Clinton was governor, and then to Washington as the Clinton family fortunes rose. Sturdy and down-to-earth, Mrs. Rodham was known among family friends for her sense of humor and curiosity, traits she passed on to her eldest child at an early age. Later in life, she grew close to her grandchildren, especially Chelsea.

Mrs. Rodham never worked outside the home, raising three children in the suburban enclave of Park Ridge, Ill., under the watchful eye of her husband, a conservative Republican who owned a drapery-making business.

In a restrictive household dominated by its patriarch, Mrs. Rodham funneled ambition and a passion for learning to her only daughter, who has long credited her mother with giving her the tools — and toughness — to enter politics.

During her presidential campaign in 2008, Hillary Clinton said she owed her inspiration to one person: “My mother, who never got a chance to go to college, who had a very difficult childhood, but who gave me a belief that I could do whatever I set my mind.”

Dorothy Howell was born June 4, 1919, in Chicago, the eldest of two daughters of Edwin Howell Jr., a firefighter, and Della Murray.

Her parents’ marriage turned violent. After their divorce in the late 1920s, they sent their daughters — Dorothy and Isabelle — alone on a train to California to live with their paternal grandparents. They were severe and unpredictable disciplinarians.

The full statement from the Clinton family:

Dorothy Howell Rodham was born in Chicago on June 4, 1919, and died shortly after midnight on November 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her family.

Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself. She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was — a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Dorothy is and always will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton; her sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh Rodham and Maria Rodham and Tony Rodham and Megan Rodham; her grandchildren, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham and Simon Rodham.

She leaves behind many friends from all stages and places in her life, friends from California she met in high school, friends from Little Rock and Washington with whom she explored the world, the people who were first her doctors and then became her friends at George Washington Hospital, to the people she met through her children and grandchildren who became as much her friend as theirs.

To honor Dorothy, her family will hold a private celebration of her life for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers and in line with what Dorothy would have wanted, the family have asked that any one who would want to do so would make a donation in Dorothy’s memory to George Washington Hospital (http://www.gwhospital.com/Donations) where she received excellent care and made terrific friends over many years; to the Heifer Project (http://www.heifer.org/), her Christmas gift of choice in 2010 and an organization dear to her heart; or to a local organization meaningful to the giver that helps neglected and mistreated children, a blight Dorothy was determined to remedy until her last day because she knew too well the pain too many children suffer.

Her family is and will be forever grateful for the gift of Dorothy’s life and for the memories they will treasure forever.

One more bit of racist America news for you

 

 

Supporting Cain, GOP base evokes Thomas hearings

By SHANNON McCAFFREY

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservatives rallied around Herman Cain as he battles sexual harassment allegations, likening the attacks on the Republican presidential contender to what they describe as the “high-tech lynching” of another prominent black Republican: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The forceful early reaction to the Cain firestorm — fueled by racially charged rhetoric — suggests the Georgia businessman’s attempt to cast himself as a victim of the media and liberals is, so far, paying dividends among his conservative Republican base, who will hold considerable sway in selecting the party’s nominee. But the accusations against Cain, an untested newcomer on the political scene, may give more moderate GOP voters pause and could cause would-be donors to shy away even as Cain works to capitalize on his rising poll numbers.

With the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus less than three months away, the harassment allegations — and Cain’s response to them — have the potential to reshuffle the GOP race.

So far, the early cry from the right is to support Cain using a race-based defense and familiar targets. Becoming a target of the left and the media could bolster Cain’s support among those who view those groups with disdain.

“I think the left is totally and completely terrified of a conservative black man coming to power and prominence,” said Debbie Dooley, a leader of Atlanta Tea Party Patriots. “They are trying to do the same thing to him that they did with Clarence Thomas.”

It was view that echoed loudly across talk radio and the Internet as conservative pundits weighed in.

“It’s outrageous the way liberals treat a black conservative,” fumed pundit Ann Coulter.

Radio show host Rush Limbaugh lashed out at the mainstream media for pursuing “the ugliest racial stereotypes they can to attack a black conservative.”

“This is about blacks and Hispanics getting uppity,” Limbaugh continued. “(Liberals) cannot have a black Republican running for office, can’t have a Hispanic, the Left owns those minorities, those two groups can’t be seen rising on their own.”

The head of the conservative Media Research Center, Brent Bozell, labeled the story a “high-tech lynching,” evoking Thomas’ divisive Supreme Court confirmation hearings two decades ago, where he was confronted with sexual harassment allegations from a onetime employee, Anita Hill.

The allegations against Cain came to light Sunday night. Politico reported that at least two women who complained about sexually inappropriate behavior while working for Cain at the National Restaurant Association had signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them five-figure financial payouts to leave the association and barred them from discussing their departures. Neither woman was identified.

The report was based on anonymous sources and, in one case, what the publication said was a review of documentation that described the allegations and the resolution. Politico said Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon told their publication that Cain himself had indicated to campaign officials that he was “vaguely familiar” with the charges and that the restaurant association’s general counsel had resolved the matter.

On Monday, Cain — who completed a round of Washington appearances amid a frenzy of media attention — labeled the charges a witch hunt.

He said he was aware of the allegations made against him in the 1990s but called them “baseless” and denied he sexually harassed anyone. He said he had no knowledge of whether the association provided any such settlements, and he declined to address specifics of the accusations or the resolution.

While Cain seemed to benefit from an early burst of support in key quarters, the full impact of the charges is not yet known.

Women’s rights groups expressed frustration that, 20 years after the Thomas hearings, sexual harassment complaints had again been reduced to a partisan fight.

Erin Matson, a vice president for the National Organization for Women, said the women in question should be given the benefit of the doubt.

“It is deeply insulting that this is being called political,” Matson said. “Sexual harassment allegations are always about a woman who is simply trying to go to work.”

Still, for some the desire to oust Obama could trump most anything else.

Sonia Conte, a 73-year-old retired accountant from Akron, Ohio, said the allegations about Cain don’t change her opinion of him: She is concerned that he has little governing experience and prefers former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“But I’d still rather vote for Herman Cain than Barack Obama,” said Conte, a registered Democrat. Obama, she said, mishandled the economy and the end of the Iraq war. “Anybody but Obama.”

Cain acknowledged the charges could harm his campaign at a critical juncture.

“Obviously, some people are going to be turned off by this cloud that someone wanted to put over my campaign,” he said. “But a lot of people aren’t going to be turned off. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

This line specifically is what I thought summed up the news.

“It’s outrageous the way liberals treat a black conservative,” fumed pundit Ann Coulter.

I just  find  it hilarious, that’s all. America, still racist even after all these years.

Now for some image links.

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And with that I see you next time. Goodnight everybody and everypony.

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