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Sarah Palin Gets Pink Panties From Creepy Arizona Sheriff

Great moments in “ewwww”: at a Tea Party rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, infamous anti-immigration Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio handed Sarah Palin a pair of pink panties. Yes, panties! “I just got done welcoming Sarah Palin to our county. Had a nice chat and gave her a pair of pink underwear,” he tweeted from @RealSheriffJoe on Friday night. Creepy! His schtick is to force prisoners to wear pink clothing, including underwear, to humiliate them. It’s hard to say if he was getting fresh with Sarah, suggesting something kinky, or just being sexist and inappropriate. Do male politicians get pink panties as gifts from Sheriff Joe, too? Didn’t think so. [Gawker, Twitter] Keep reading »

Teen Pregnancy: It’s (Statistically) A Southern Thang

Country music, Chick-fil-A, and teen pregnancy: three things that can be found anywhere in America but are heavily concentrated in the South. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released reports last week which show the top 10 states with the highest rate of pregnant teens in 2008 sweep across the Bible belt: Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas (along with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, which are more in the Southwest). Obviously, geographic location alone doesn’t make someone eligible for “16 & Pregnant.” Experts say the same states full of pregnant teens are the ones in which “sex education” teaches abstinence as the only form of birth control. Keep reading »

NC Campaign Ad Shows Female Candidate Applying Mascara And Lipstick Like A Whore

Campaign commercials are getting dirty down south. North Carolina politician Wesley Meredith is challenging State Senator Margaret Dickson for her seat and ran an ad depicting a cash-carrying woman making herself up with lipstick and mascara. You know, like whores do. Keep reading »

Caffeinated Booze Four Loko, Not The Date Rape Drug, Put Party Kids In Hospital

It was a fruity, caffeinated alcoholic beverage called Four Loko, not the date rape drug, that sent a gaggle of Washington state college kids to the hospital during a house party on October 8. Police had suspected “roofies” had effed up the Central Washington University students. Instead, it was a 12 percent alcohol malt liquor/energy drink equivalent to six beers that got to these party monsters.

In other words, I thought this story would be a Lifetime original movie, but it turns out it’s an episode of “Jersey Shore.” Keep reading »

Of Course UC Berkeley Offers A Class On “Mad Men”

I have spent many an hour studying Jon Hamm’s raw, natural manliness. But is studying “Mad Men” in the ivy-colored halls of academia an equally frivolous pursuit? The University of California at Berkeley, a.k.a. a school with free-thinkin’ hippie roots, offers a two-credit class in which students analyze “Mad Men” like a work of literature. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Put Motherhood On Your Resume?

  • Two women are running for governor of Oklahoma. One woman is married with six children. The other woman has never married nor had kids. Interestingly, whether or not motherhood is an asset or a burden to the governorship is a hot topic for the election. What do you think? [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Actress Sigourney Weaver said no one anticipated that Ripley, her character from the 1979 film “Alien,” would become an icon of female empowerment for women. [New York Daily News]
  • Punk icon Ari Up of The Slits passed away last week at the age of 48. According to Spin magazine, Up performed since age 14 and helped lay “the groundwork for the ’90s riot grrrl movement and inspiring everyone from Bjork and Courtney Love to Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney.” [Spin]

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Dad Confronts Abortion Protesters

This video has been on the YouTubes for awhile, but it just crossed Amelia’s and my path today. If this guy who calls himself Jerry Crew on YouTube is legit, he and his wife were trying for another child, but at 16 weeks, they were told the fetus was basically dead and went in to have an abortion. (In the comments section on YouTube, he says the fetus had sirenomelia, or “mermaid syndrome,” a rare deformity in which the lower half of the body is fused together and missing several internal organs.) Naturally, the anti-abortion protesters standing outside the clinic screaming at his wife as she went inside didn’t think of that. Watch as this “angry dad” confronts two protesters on the street who seem rather sure of themselves that it’s their business to butt into other people’s medical decisions. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Cheerleader Kicked Off Squad For Refusing To Cheer For Her Attacker

A Texas high school has taken “school spirit” to the extreme and kicked a cheerleader off the squad after she refused to cheer for a football player who sexually assaulted her. According to Ms. magazine, player Rakheem Jamal Bolton, 19, of Silsbee High School in Hardin County, TX, and two other males were accused of sexually assaulting a female student (identified only as H.S.) in 2008 at a post-game party. H.S. claims the three young men forced her into a room, locked the door, held her down and sexually assaulted her. Other party-goers tried to get in the room and two of the three men, including Bolton, fled through the window … Keep reading »

Shopping Guide: Halloween Costumes Ripped From The Headlines

Halloween Costumes Ripped From Headlines
The world doesn’t need yet another Chilean miner costume this Halloween. Ditto for Snooki, the Situation, and anyone else on “Jersey Shore.” We’ve peeped the headlines for three bitchin’ Halloween costumes that will also get you an A+ in current events!

“I Love Anorexia” T-Shirts Prove It’s Hard To Make Eating Disorders Remotely Funny

I Love Anorexia tee

I love a meta-commentary as much as the next person, but some things are just tacky — invoking the Nazis while discussing health care reform, for example. T-shirts emblazoned with the words “I love anorexia” also fit the bill. Keep reading »

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