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Rush Limbaugh Loves The Women’s Movement, Especially Walking Behind It

Obnoxious quote of the day time! Last week, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh judged the Miss America beauty pageant and this morning, he chatted with “Fox and Friends” about the experience. Interviewer Gretchen Carlson asked the host about critics who have said Limbaugh hasn’t “been a supporter of women in the past.” Limbaugh replied, “Oh, I’m a huge supporter of women. … I love the women’s movement—especially when walking behind it.” Ahh, very charming. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Gets Closer Scrutiny

  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today suggesting a plan to roll back the military‘s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay soldiers. Gates has proposed a Pentagon lawyer and a four-star Army general to conduct a year-long study into how the military could lift the ban most easily. However, Sen. John McCain, the top-ranking Republican on the committee, spoke out against lifting “don’t ask don’t tell.” Sen. McCain admitted the policy is not ideal, but said it is still effective. [Newsweek]
  • Megyn Kelly, a 39-year-old lawyer, has been given her own two-hour news program on Fox News. Kelly is also in the running for a prestigious prime-time anchor position when Greta van Susteren’s contract expires this year. [Business Insider]

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Today’s Lady News: Beyonce Breaks A Grammy Record For Female Artists

  • Beyonce broke a record for female performers last night at the Grammy’s when she took home six — count ‘em, six! — awards. [Parade]
  • Kathryn Bigelow, director of “The Hurt Locker,” became the first woman ever to win the top prize from the Director’s Guild of America on Saturday. [New York Times]
  • Last week all of Washington, D.C., from politicians to journalists, gathered to celebrate ace reporter Helen Thomas‘ 50th year covering the White House. Thomas began covering the presidential politics for UPI when President Eisenhower was in office and later became the first woman to head a White House Bureau for a wire news service. Since 2000, Thomas has been a columnist for the Hearst News Service. [NPR]

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Today’s Lady News: Jury Reaches Guilty Verdict For George Tiller’s Murderer

  • It only took 37 minutes for jurors in Wichita, Kansas, to convict Scott Roeder with first-degree murder in the death of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider who Roeder shot to death on May 31. Earlier this week, Roeder had taken the witness stand in his own defense and told jurors, “I did what I thought was needed to be done to protect the children. I shot him. If I didn’t do it, the babies were going to die the next day.” After the verdict, lawyers for the Tiller family issued a statement thanking the legal system and calling the verdict “just.” [New York Times]

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Australians Want To Ban Small-Breasted Women And Female Ejaculation In Porn

The Australian government apparently has some issues with a woman’s “down under.” The Classification Board for the country’s smut industry is working on banning porn that includes female ejaculation and/or small breasts. The censors are trying to block any websites that include or link to material that include these particular “offenders.” Customs officials are also being advised to confiscate any pornography that has instances of female ejaculation. So, I guess now would be an ideal time to look into becoming an Australian Customs Official since screening smut could be part of your job description? But this is not the most outrageous element of this new ban—what’s worse is the reasoning. Keep reading »

What A Girl Can Do

And sometimes she can even do more

[Photo used with permission of Clark Maxwell]
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Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Might Be Dunzo In 2012

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would not serve another four years if President Obama is reelected in 2012, because she hopes to slow her pace and do more writing and teaching. “The whole eight [years] — that would be very challenging,” Clinton said. “It’s a 24/7 job and I think at some point, I will be very happy to pass it on to someone else.” [Telegraph]
  • Gay groups are psyched about President Obama’s vow in his State of the Union Address last night to get rid of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. [ABC News]

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Today’s Lady News: Kids Need Permission Slip For Dictionary With “Oral Sex” Definition

  • After a parent complained that the Merriam Webster dictionary in the classrooms of Menifee Union School District in California contained a definition for “oral sex,” schools pulled the dictionaries off the shelves. On Tuesday, a committee decided to return the Merriam Webster dictionaries to the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms, but all children must have a signed permission slip to access them. Students who don’t have permission to use the Merriam Webster will have to use an alternative dictionary. [L.A. Times]
  • But despite their sex-drenched dictionaries, the nation’s youth are not so troubled! High school senior Li Boynton, 18, who won top honors in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, will be sitting with Michelle Obama tonight at the State of the Union Address. Li is headed to Yale in the fall and created a cheap way for the world’s poor to test water for contaminants using glowing bacteria. [Houston Chronicle]

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Today’s Lady News: France May Not Ban The Burqa After All

  • A committee in France’s Parliament will stop short of recommending a ban on Muslim women wearing burqas at all places in France. Instead, the committee will only suggest body-covering veils be banned in public facilities, like on public transport or in hospitals. Muslim students have already been banned from wearing headscarves in the classroom since 2004. [Wall Street Journal]
  • According to new data from the Guttmacher Institute, teen pregnancy rose three percent from 2005 to 2006. The increase was mostly concentrated among 18- and 19-year-olds. Overall, abortions among teenagers rose one percent as well. [Time]
  • Speaking of teen pregnancy, even though the entire story is completely untrue, Lifetime’s made-for-TV-movie “The Pregnancy Pact,” about a group of teenaged girls who decide to get knocked up together, was the highest-rated among women ages 18 to 34 since 1994. I actually couldn’t watch more than 30 minutes of it before I had to stop! [Variety]

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Today’s Lady News: Meghan McCain Makes A Good Point About Boobs

  • Meghan McCain asks a really good question about boobs in her latest Daily Beast column: Why is it that Heidi Montag lands on the cover of People after her boob job, but more natural (we think) women like Jessica Simpson and Christina Hendricks are criticized for looking “big” when they flaunt their assets? Two points for coining the term “boob police,” Meghan. [The Daily Beast]
  • The Menifee Union School District in California pulled the Merriam-Webster’s 10th edition dictionary off the shelves because they contained the definition for “oral sex.” The school board will decide whether they’ll return the dictionaries to the classrooms. [L.A. Times]
  • Hooray for lady news anchors! Ratings for ABC’s “World News” have spiked eight percent since Diane Sawyer took the helm last month. [L.A. Times]

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