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The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For July 18-19th 2009

    Saturday

  • “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” Marathon on BRAVO starting at 9:30 am
  • “16 & Pregnant” Marathon on MTV starting at 11 am
  • “Dance Your Ass Off” on Oxygen at 12 pm
  • “John Tucker Must Die” on FX at 12 pm
  • “True Hollywood Story: Michael Jackson” on E! at 12 pm
  • NYC Prep” on Bravo at 2 pm
  • “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” on USA at 3 pm
  • “The Princess Bride” on ABC Family at 6 pm
  • “Shrek” on TBS at 7 pm
  • “Forbes 20 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings” on Style at 8 pm

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Marriage Is Changing, Whether It’s For Better Or For Worse

While many fear that America is falling out of the marriage habit, and that, these days, all is bad in love and more, new stats show otherwise. Supposedly, 86% of women marry by age forty. This says something, considering that a 20-year-old article in Newsweek declared that “a 40-year-old single woman had a better chance of being killed by a terrorist than getting married.” Ouch.
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Quickies! Madonna’s Stage Collapses, Leaves One Dead

  • A portion of Madonna’s “Sticky and Sweet” stage collapsed during a performance the singer gave today in France. Seven people were injured and at least one is dead. [People] — Guess it wasn’t such a “sweet” performance, after all. Sorry, that wasn’t funny.
  • Ivanka Trump and long-time boyfriend Jared Kushner got engaged yesterday after Trump converted to Judaism for him. [Pop Eater] — That’s one sexy Jewish power couple!
  • Mischa Barton is reportedly under involuntary psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. [Just Jared] — Yikes.

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“Condom Worshippers” Rejoice!

Federal funding for abstinence-only education was stripped from the budget in the House subcommittee, and the Christian News Wire isn’t too happy about this. According to them, “There is evidence that abstinence education is an effective primary prevention strategy.” It’s just, um, nowhere to be found. When Congress ordered a study in 2007 on abstinence-only ed, it was (shockingly!) revealed that “students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not.” The study also found that these students were just as likely to use contraception when they did have sex as those who did not participate. Keep reading »

Foreign Battered Women May Be Granted Asylum In The U.S.

Foreign victims of domestic violence may finally be able to escape their abuse; the Obama administration has instated a new policy that may grant some of these victims asylum in the United States. The policy would reverse a Bush administration stance that did not allow foreign abuse victims entry into the U.S. Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Bible-Thumping Pervs & An Iranian Plane Crash

I’ve come across some news this week that is just plain horrifying. I figure the only way to make myself feel less depressed about it is to share all of the awful news with you guys! So if your day is just going too damn well, here’s your chance to make it a little less lovely. After the jump, crazy-depressing news that is guaranteed not to put a smile on your face. Sorry, everyone. Keep reading »

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