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Evening Quickies: Taylor Armstrong Reacts To Estranged Husband’s Suicide

  • “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”‘s Taylor Armstrong released a statement about her estranged husband Russell Armstrong’s apparent suicide yesterday: “Taylor Armstrong is devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded. She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter. Her thoughts and prayers are also with Russell’s 11- and 13-year-old sons.” The couple separated last month with Taylor accusing Russell of domestic abuse. [Gossip Cop]
  • Will anyone be watching Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, do their first post-acquittal interview on “The Dr. Phil Show”? The ickiness airs September 12. [People]
  • Is Scientology the reason Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony split? [The Superficial]

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Today’s Lady News: New Anti-Abortion Billboard Targeting Blacks Accuses “Betrayal”

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  • Another day, another anti-abortion billboard targeted at black women, this time in Atlanta. The latest billboard shows images of pro-choice leaders, like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, with the word “Betrayed” written in red as if it’s dripping in blood. It directs people to the website AbortionInTheHood.com, which lists statistics that try to portray abortion as a racist plot to eradicate the country of black people. Similar billboards have gone up in Oakland and New York City. [Florida Independent]

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Guess Who’s Auditioning For “Jersey Shore”?

It’s not easy to make a good “Jersey Shore” spoof video because, frankly, they’ve all been done before. So an Ed Hardy hat off to you, Conan O’Brien, for this lovably demented “Jersey Shore” audition tape. [Team Coco] Keep reading »

Andy Richter Prescribes “Two Solid Weeks Of Orgasms” For Michele Bachmann

Andy Richter is one of those comics who is so “whatever,” that when he occasionally surfaces, I’m like, “Oh, yeah, he still exists.” Case in point: last night Richter dispatched this charming tweet to Twitter, “There’s nothing wrong with Michele Bachmann two solid weeks of orgasms won’t cure.” Ah, yes, the old self-congratulatory ‘this woman sucks because she hasn’t been f**ked properly’ narrative. Bow down to the phallus! The penis cures aaaaaall! Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Prince Harry Needs A Shoulder To Cry On

  • Prince Harry and his lingerie model girlfriend, Florence Brudenell-Bruce, have reportedly split. Not that we’re celebrating or anything. [People]
  • Girl-crushing hard: Jenna Lyons, the creative director and president of J.Crew, gets profiled in New York magazine’s fall fashion issue. [New York]
  • Squee! Maru the cat has a book in English called I Am Maru coming out at the end of the month. []

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Evening Quickies: Emma Stone Was A Partridge Family Wannabe

  • No, no, no, Emma Stone. Someone’s unearthed a video of the (then-brunette) starlet competing on the 2004 reality show “In Search of The Partridge Family.” Emma Stone won the role of Laurie Partridge, but the series was canceled after the pilot, which never aired. Anyway, you must watch “Emily Stone” singing in this epically cheesy clip from the show. [Jezebel]
  • TLC has canceled “Kate Plus 8,” starring Kate Gosselin and her brood of eight children, after a 150-episode run. I guess this quality program just wasn’t the same without her yelling at Jon, was it, TLC? [People]
  • Bravo’s “Real Housewives” are going on tour to Atlantic City, Chicago and Atlanta to talk about … well, what, exactly, I don’t know. Narcissism? Wine throwing? [The AV Club]

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Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Flip-Flops On HPV Vaccines For Girls

  • In 2007, Governor Rick Perry of Texas signed an executive order requiring that all girls receive the HPV vaccine in sixth grade, unless parents decided to opt-out. It was seen as a controversial decision at the time because HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and the vaccine acknowledged that adolescent girls are sexually active. However, some strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer, so many saw Perry’s decree as a net positive. Over the past several years, Perry has publicly stated he is proud of the decision and “I did what was right from my perspective.” This weekend, however, Perry changed his tune about the HPV vaccine for girls. Could it be because he accounced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination this weekend as well? Nahhh, that couldn’t be it. [NYMag.com]
  • A New Jersey bill ensuring rape victims do not have to pay for their own rape kits (a collection of DNA taken from a victim which can be used by police to identify the rapist) is still awaiting signature by Governor Chris Christie. [Think Progress]
  • Here’s a quick, handy-dandy chart explaining where all the 2012 presidential candidates stand on basic rights for lesbians and gays. [MarriageEquality.org]

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Megyn Kelly On Fox News’ Anchor-Babes & Their Short Skirts

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“Roger [Ailes of News Corps.] is very good at finding attractive people who are also interesting and smart. But you have to be careful what you’re looking at. Some on-air talent have objected that some websites will Photoshop the skirts and make it seem like the women were wearing something more like a belt than a skirt. Don’t believe it unless you’ve seen it live.”

— This is Megyn Kelly of Fox News in Marie Claire responding to the question “Would you agree that Fox has cultivated a reputation as a stomping ground for news babes? YouTube is filled with videos of Fox anchors wearing really short skirts.” Obviously, she is not going to bite the hand that feeds her and criticize Fox News for putting an army of pretty blondes like herself on air. And no one agrees more strongly than me that writing off something a woman says just because she is attractive is sexist BS. However! Let’s get real here. This Photoshop story is quite rich, not to mention she totally dodged the question. I have no doubt in my mind that you can find all sorts of NC-17 pictures of the ladies of Fox News which have been Photoshopped by the 16-year-old boys of America. “Don’t believe it unless you’ve seen it live” is the most creative answer ever, though. Maybe our TVs are deceiving us and there is some mass optical illusion at play? [Marie Claire] Keep reading »

The Corndog Bitten ‘Round The World: A Photo Of Michele Bachmann Mid-Chomp

Over the week weekend, the UK’s Telegraph‘s blog published a post about Rep. Michele Bachmann and illustrated it with a picture of her chomping down on a corndog at the Iowa State Fair. Bachmann’s eyes are mid-blink, her lipsticked mouth is wide open, and well, she’s shoving a corndog into her face.

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We See Chick Flicks: “Gloria: In Her Own Words”

Gloria Steinem became famous in 1963 when she published an article called “A Bunny’s Tale” in which she went undercover at a Playboy Club to expose the treatment of its waitresses. In the decade-plus to follow, Gloria became one of the most public faces of the burgeoning “second wave” feminist movement. She fought for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, advocated for abortion to be legalized, pushed the mainstream women’s movement to recognize that lesbian rights were an integral part of women’s rights, and of course was the very first editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine. The heyday for the “third wave” feminist battles have arguably passed, but Gloria Steinem is still kickin’ (enough to put Glenn Beck into a fit, shrieking about how the “’60s have passed”). Any young woman or young man who has discovered feminism in the past 50 years will come across something that has Gloria Steinem’s fingerprints on it. Naturally such an icon deserves, at age 77, to be memorialized in her very own documentary. Keep reading »

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