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The Messenger Vol. 1, No. 2 by Lucas-White The Messenger Vol. 1, No. 2 by Lucas-White

In the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game, Penn State "horses around" with Wisconsin, falling behind by 21, before catching them with their pants down in the 4th quarter.

With 3 minutes and 25 seconds left on the clock in the 2nd quarter, Penn State had just failed on a second consecutive 4th down conversion attempt.  Their star quarterback Trace McSorley was apparently injured on the play.  He also fumbled and lost the possession to Wisconsin.  The Badgers now had a 1st and 10 on Penn State's 43-yard line and a 28-7 lead.

Going into the 2016 Big Ten Title Game in Indianapolis, Penn State had won 8 straight games, including a thriller over #2 ranked Ohio State.  Now their hopes of a Conference Championship, and a College Football Playoff birth (or at least a 5-6 ranking), looked to be all but over.

Showing the resilience that has characterized their team this season, the Nittany Lions held Wisconsin to a 3-and-out, and then added a 40-yard touchdown pass from McSorley with less than a minute remaining in the half, to make the score 28-14.

In the second half, Penn State opened by scoring twice to tie the game at 28, and then a Wisconsin field goal made it 31-28. In the 4th quarter, McSorley threw his fourth td, this one to running back Saquon Barkley for 18 yards, as Penn State took a 35-31 lead.  Penn State added field goal to extend to 38-31.

Wisconsin was driving late in the 4th, with a chance to tie or take the lead, when Penn State stopped their rush attempt on a 4th and 1 from the 24 yard line.  The initial hit was made by cornerback Grant Haley, who months ago ran in the 60 yard blocked field goal vs. Ohio State.

With a record of 11-2, Penn State was crowned the 2016 Big Ten Champions, their first outright conference title since 1994 (when a guy named Jerry was the defensive coordinator). 

Penn State has since finished 5th in the College Football Playoff rankings and has been paired with #9 USC for the 2017 Rose Bowl.

Ortho Paris
In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, Russian Patriarch Kirill consecrates St. Trinity Cathedral, built by Putin.

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Russia's Patriarch Kirill was not in Moscow but Paris, where he consecrated the Saint Trinity Cathedral.  It is part of the 4,800 sq meter complex that was released earlier this year and that also includes a Russian Cultural Center, a French-Russian primary school for 150 students, and a parish center with an auditorium, foyer, offices, and apartments. The church itself has an eight-ton gilded dome encircled by four smaller domes.

Located next to the Eiffel Tower itself, it was the vision of the late Patriarch Aleksii II, who wanted to accomodate France's approximately 200,000 Russian Orthodox followers.  In 2010, Vladimir Putin and then-President Dmitry Medvedev purchased the property for Russia for 73 million euros.  After facing some French political opposition, the building permit was secured in December 2013.  Construction cost another 100 million euros, and the complex opened on March 16, 2016.

The Left has a hissy over frozen dead fish at Japan's Space World.

In Kitakyushu, Japan, the Space World theme park decided to enhance their "Aquarium of Ice" skating rink so that it would give the illusion of skating on a frozen ocean.  They bought approximately 5,000 small dead fish at a wholesale market and buried them in the ice.  Space World spokesman Koji Shibata said that the fish were unfit to eat at time of purchase.  Toshimi Takeda, general manager, said that the exhibit was intended to be a learning experience.

Some of the fish were arranged in the ice so as to spell out "HELLO".  Others were frozen as if they were swimming in a school formation.  Some larger sea animals were included in the attraction by printing photographs.

The new skating rink opened on November 12, 2016, and it took only 8 days until Space World caved in and sacrificed their innovation to social media pressure.  Various fools, probably most of them making snap judgments based on the pictures that Space World posted, offered comments such as "poor fish" and "it is bad to let food go to waste".  One might guess that much of the keyboard uproar came from outside of Japan.

Takeda now says, "We are planning to hold a memorial service for the fish inviting a Shinto priest, which we'd planned before getting criticized." There has also been talk of using the fish bodies as fertilizer.

Oshita Ayano, a fan, posted on Facebook, “What’s the difference between skating over the beautifully decorated rink with fish in the ice that are already dead and will only be thrown away, and visiting a museum to look at already dead dinosaurs, also beautifully decorated? I’m looking forward to the next plan.”

Maybe next time the Japanese can freeze some of the whales and dolphins that they hunt, and some Chinese giant pandas while they are at it!

Featured Anime

Kouta Hirano (born July 14, 1973) is a Japanese manga artist whose first big success was the gun-toting vampire Hellsing series, which was published in the magazine Young King OURs in 1997.

This, of course, led to the legendary 13-episode Hellsing anime which took Japan by storm when it aired on Fuji TV from October 2001 to January 2002, and gradually became an international success not-too-long thereafter. The characters, the art, the music (Yasushi Ishii's euro-gararge rock), and the brutal fight scenes left a lasting impression and established a cult following.

This all occured when many in the west had recently discovered anime, following Cartoon Network's Adult Swim airings of shows such as Cowboy Bebop, Big O, and Inuyasha. DVDs, t-shirts, figures, and other sales were sufficiently strong to fund what would be a 10 OVA follow-up, titled Hellsing Ultimate. The releases were strung out from 2006 to 2012, and offered an expanded and fresh animated take on the story, though it was difficult to capture the passion of the original series.

On April 30, 2009, the first entry of a Hirano's newest work was published in Young King OURs, and on October 7, 2016, the adapted anime debuted on Tokyo MX. Drifters features historical characters, the blood-spilling kind, who have been transported to a fantasy world that is at war. These "Drifters", although furiously violent themselves, are good-natured enough to help the native inhabitants in their battle. They are at war with the "Ends", who are transported warriors like the Drifters, except that the Ends are full of hatred, inhumane, and seek world domination through their supernatural powers.

Yes, it is going to be a bloodbath, and judging by the episodes that have aired as of this writing, it will be one of that distinctive Hirano-inspired anime style not been matched since the Hellsing series. No expense seems to have been spared in the fight scenes, and the character designs are striking. The hero is the real-life historical Japanese samurai Shimazu Toyohisa (d. 1600), and also included are these giants of history: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus, Jeanne d'Arc, Rasputin, and even Adolf Hitler. The Fuhrer ended up in the fantasy world 50 years earlier, and - before committing suicide - convinced the humans to form the Orte Empire, which now oppresses the non-humans such as the elves, dwarves, and hobbits.

So, get your favorite elf slur ready, grab your samurai sword, and enjoy the show. Drifters will pack a dark and brutal excitement, with an edgy artistry that is rare anywhere, and completely missing from western television.

Drifters Episode Schedule
Ep 1: Fight Song, Oct 7, 2016
Ep 2: Footsteps, Oct 14, 2016
Ep 3: Army of Ours—Sortie at Dawn, Oct 21, 2016
Ep 4: Active Heart, Oct 28, 2016
Ep 5: Bring Back Love, Nov 4, 2016
Ep 6: Men of Destiny, Nov 11, 2016
Ep 7: Chaos Driver, Nov 18, 2016
Ep 8: Mystery - Call Me, Nov 25, 2016
Ep 9: Serious Bomb, Dec 2, 2016

Today, the J-Metal trio begins opening for RHCP on their UK tour.

BABYMETAL, a Heavy Metal sub unit of the Japanese idol group Sakura Gakuin, continues to add new fans in the West. Earlier this year, the two most legendary Robs of Heavy Metal came over to the fold.

Horror-rocker Rob Zombie raved about them in a Minneapolis 93x radio station interview concerning the Northern Invasion Festival of May 14-15, 2016. Mr. Zombie said, "I saw them the other day for the first time...I just loved it, it was like nothing I had ever seen before...Leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make death metal cute. But it was awesome...It's the most bizarre thing. It's totally worth watching, it's so good.".

After posting a backstage photo with BABYMETAL online, Zombie defended the group from the criticism of some of his fans, responding "They roll harder than you" and "these three girls had more energy than 90 percent of the bands we play with".

On July 18, 2016, at the Alternative Press Music Awards in Columbus, Ohio, Judas Priest's lead singer Rob Halford joined BABYMETAL to contribute to their covers of Priest's "Painkiller" and "Breaking the Law". Afterwards, Halford said, "BABYMETAL give a thousand percent just like Priest. They're leading the charge into the new frontier of heavy metal."

While it is typically a red flag when a Jpop or Jrock group is approved by the West, in this exceptional case, it may be viewed in a positive light since it involves the few pockets of resistance (Metal Resistance!) left in that industry. Rob Zombie has made no small contribution to horror and sci-fi with his music and comic book series, and Judas Priest has long been well-received in Japan. The killer-mecha songs "Electric Eye" and "Metal Gods" usually get played early in their Japanese concerts.

In short, these two legends of Heavy Metal have found kindred spirits in BABYMETAL. Maybe Rob Zombie has finally found his LIIVVIIINGGG DEEAAADDD GIIIIRRRRRLLLLLSSSSSSSS!

Today, BABYMETAL begins performing on the Red Hot Chili Peppers UK Tour. They will open on seven stops from December 5-15, 2016. It was also announced this week that they will support Guns N' Roses on four stops of their January 2017 tour in Japan.

Here are the tour dates:

BABYMETAL - Red Hot Chili Peppers UK Tour
Dec 5, 2016: London O2
Dec 6, 2016: London O2
Dec 8, 2016: Glasgow Hydro
Dec 10, 2016: Birmingham Genting Arena
Dec 11, 2016: Birmingham Genting Arena
Dec 14, 2016: Manchester Arena
Dec 15, 2016: Manchester Arena

BABYMETAL - Guns N' Roses Japan Tour
Jan 21, 2016: Kyocero Dome Osaka
Jan 22, 2016: Kobe World Memorial Hall
Jan 25, 2016: Yokohama Arena
Jan 29, 2016: Saitama Super Arena

Hobo Claus

I'm Hobo Claus! I'm Hobo Claus!
I loiter down the lane,
With a pipe in my mouth,
And a needle in my vein.

I used to have a house,
A wife, and a nice kid,
Til' I buried 6 feet under,
With my shovel I did!

The Liberals set me free,
Cause you see, I'm medically insane!
Now I eat under the bridge,
Have no fridge, piss in the drain!

That's until Christmas is here.
The time that is the best!
Then I can go to Ladies bathroom,
If just wear earrings n' dress!

What to buy at Target?
For the good kids this 'years?
Oops my EBT card is low,
No toys for those little queers!

Thank you Prez'dent Barry Obama,
Sadly This is Our Last Christmas Day.
My deliriously coked up vote to you,
Was the last present this Claus gave away!

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schizocatgirl264 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Where can I find all the newsletters? Here?
Lucas-White Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Yes my friend, this is the complete text of the newsletter.  The first issue was recently banned from DA, and I'm in the process of restructuring my webs so as to post all issues there.  I will post a link when ready.
Graeystone Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Side note about Drifters - Nobunaga Oda is depicted as an Protagonist/Hero.(Depending on the writers, Nobunaga is either Good(Drifters) or Evil(Onimusha).
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