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7 Things To Know About The Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

“The moving target is focused on women in America.”

That was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to reporters this morning as he addressed the threat of a government shutdown over an inability by Republicans and Democrats to reach a deal on the budget. The main piece of contention? Funding for Title X, which allocates funds for family planning services, including those offered by Planned Parenthood. The issue? Even though Title X funds don’t cover them, Planned Parenthood provides abortions.

In simple, basic terms, let’s recap seven things you need to know about the threat of a governmental shutdown: Keep reading »

Quickies: Watch Matthew Morrison Sing In A Gay Boy Band & LeBron James’ Mom Arrested

  • I promise, watching this clip of Matthew Morrison singing in a “gay boy band” called Boys R Us is well worth your time. He calls it “the gayest thing” he’s ever done. [NYmag.com, Celebuzz]
  • Alec Baldwin says “30 Rock” will end next season — not just because the actor’s contracts expire in 2012 but because “Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing.” I don’t disagree with that. [NYmag.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Texas A&M Wins Women’s NCAA Championship

  • Texas A&M beat out Notre Dame for the women’s NCAA basketball championship on Tuesday, the team’s first national title. Congratulations! If someone who knows/cares about sports can explain to me the significance of this, I would appreciate it. [ESPN, Houston Chronicle]
  • Apparently, Tina Fey’s pregnancy presents a “feminist dilemma”? [Salon]
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was named chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, prompting a colleague, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), to praise her good qualities on C-SPAN but also suggest the position was “going to strain her.” Some wonder whether Rep. McDermott may have made the same comment if a male representative had been named. [Politico]

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Watch Lady Gaga Confront An Anti-Gay Protestor


Lady Gaga posted this video of herself confronting an anti-gay protestor outside a concert. They bicker about Gaga’s “pervert stuff” and whether or not she’s headed to hell. Fortunately, he gifted her a “get out of hell free” card. I am sure that works.

The good stuff starts about a minute in (after her gratuitous makeup application, natch). Congratulations, Mr. Bigotry, you are the one man on Earth who answers the greeting, “Hi, I’m Lady Gaga,” with a belligerent “So?!” (Audio is NSFW — use headphones!) [YouTube via Styleite] Keep reading »

How Do We Feel About Cows Producing Human Breast Milk?

I, too, await the cyborg overlords who will colonize the Earth, imprison us all, and incubate alien babies in our fertile wombs.

But what I cannot wrap my head around? China claims to have genetically modified cows to produce human breast milk. Yes, a “moo moo moo” cow producing milk for a “wah wah wah” human baby.

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From Condoms To Donuts: The 13 Weirdest, Stupidest, Strangest Products “Honoring” Kate And William

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A royal wedding means a chance to cash in on a royal wedding. In the past six months, Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s gorgeous mugs have been plastered on everything … and we mean everything. True stalkers fans might even want to get a manicure with the happy couple’s face on it! [Celebuzz]

Let’s check out some other non-sensical Kate Middleton and Prince William products that have popped up to “honor” the UK’s most famous bride and groom…

The “Dear Woman” Video: These Guys Are So Creepy (Even Though I Agree With Them)


I love the feminist sentiment espoused in this “Dear Woman” video by what seems to be a spirituality-based group called Conscious Men … but can we talk about how creepy these guys are? What’s with the music? The vacant intonation of voice? The cold stares? It’s just bizarre. But hey, thanks, men: I accept your apologies.

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Tina Fey Is Pregnant!

Tina Fey is pregnant! Yesterday, while promoting her new memoir Bossypants on “Oprah,” Tina Fey announced she is five months pregnant. The 40-year-old and her husband, Jeff Richmond, a composer for “30 Rock,” already have a five-year-old daughter, Alice. Damn, I am so irrationally excited about this and I’m not a woman who usually cares about what’s going on in a celeb’s uterus. Who else is psyched for the growing army of mini-Tina Feys that she is producing? BWAHAHAHA! I can’t wait to see how her pregnancy gets incorporated into a Liz Lemon storyline on “30 Rock.” Mazel tov, Tina! [People] Keep reading »

Bleed All Over This: Patricia Field Designs A Maxi Pad


“Can I ask you a question? Who designed your maxi pad?”

Patricia Field for Kotex.”

Fabulous, dah-ling!”

OK, just kidding. This is a conversation that will not actually happen. Patricia Field has leant her name to Kotex, but only to cases that carry feminine hygiene products in and this trippy maxi pad won’t actually be produced. (Besides, she’s a tampon fan anyway.)

Patricia will, however, mentor young designers who want to “ban the bland” and funkify a maxi pad for a Kotex contest. She told Fashionista, “I would put a design element to anything because I don’t want anything around me that’s ugly and boring. Period. Anything I can make beautiful I’ll make beautiful.” Pun, I’m assuming, not intended. [U By Kotex via Fashionista] Keep reading »

Quickies: Tina Fey’s Memoir “Bossypants” Is Out & Will Kim Kardashian Become A Jersey Girl?

  • Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants is out today! I love this explanation for how she chose the title: “Why is this book called Bossypants? One, because the name ‘Two and a Half Men’ was already taken. And two, because ever since I became an executive producer of ’30 Rock,’ people have asked me, ‘Is it hard for you, being the boss?’ and ‘Is it uncomfortable for you to be the person in charge?’ You know, in the same way they say, ‘Gosh, Mr. Trump, is it awkward for you to be the boss of all these people?’ I can’t answer for Mr. Trump, but in my case it is not.” [ABC News]
  • Oopies. That nude photo of Elizabeth Taylor was apparently a fake. It’s reportedly a photo of dancer Lee Evans, taken by photographer Peter Gowland for a book called Classic Nude Photography: Techniques and Images with Liz’s face Photoshopped atop it. You sure had me. [Digital Spy]

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