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“Of Course” Sarah Palin’s Down For A 2016 Run

By: Claire Hannum / January 23, 2015
Can we just not with a Sarah Palin presidential run? Please? ABC News tracked Palin down in Las Vegas yesterday, where she was serving wild boar chili to the homeless after attending the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. When asked if she'd be interested in the 2016 election, Palin replied, “Yeah, I mean, of… More »

Drunkenness Used As A Defense In Vanderbilt Rape Trial

By: Chloe Stillwell / January 23, 2015
Four ex-Vanderbilt football players violently gang raped a fellow student in June of 2013. And today, in the year 2015 of our lord and savior, much like characters in a Jacobean play, those men are claiming drunkenness as their defense in an actual court of law. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for… More »

Writer Engages Racist Twitter Troll With Surprising Results

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 22, 2015
Read how writer Ijeoma Oluo used love and patience to turn a racist Twitter troll into a friend. [Daily Kos] Even Björk can’t get anything done in the music industry: “Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.” [Feministing] The tampon scene was pulled from the "Fifty Shades of… More »

House Passes “No Abortions For Poor Ladies” Bill On Roe v. Wade Anniversary

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 22, 2015
After backing down from a controversial bill that would make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, the Republican controlled House passed another anti-abortion bill today, called "The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion" Act. Coincidentally, today is also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that deemed abortion a decision to be made… More »

5 Things Every Snob Says (Confirmed By Science)

By: Cracked / January 22, 2015
Well, this is kind of a tragedy. I started out researching this column with the intention of writing "5 Snobby Comments Science Says Aren't True," but clearly the research just didn't shake out. Time after time, I kept discovering that the most obnoxious, condescending, scarf-wearing douchebags in the world are correct, justified, and [some third… More »

Dear Mike Huckabee: Please Stop Telling Me I Don’t Understand Small Towns

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 22, 2015
Mike Huckabee has been going on a bit of a whirlwind tour promoting his book Gods, Guns, Grits and Gravy. The purpose of this book, he says, is to explain "Real America" to those of us who live in cities, as though small town America is something we cannot possibly understand. He calls certai… More »

The New York Times Is Very Sorry Walking Down The Block To Get Lunch Is Hard For You

By: Beejoli Shah / January 22, 2015
Bonkers New York Times Style section trend pieces are par for the course (just last spring, they did a piece on how males love to wear tank tops to Coachella, which was sort of like Andie in "The Devil Wears Prada" realizing five years too late that her cerulean sweater had bee… More »

When Psychiatrists Distrust Their Patients, Their Patients Can Only Respond In Kind

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 22, 2015
I’ve been seeing psychiatrists -- doctors whose purpose is primarily to examine and diagnose an emotional disorder or condition, then prescribe a plan of treatment, whether therapeutic or pharmaceutical -- on and off for over half my life. The ratio of good to mediocre to bad experiences I’ve had with psychiatrists is roughly equal --… More »

This Bigfoot Hunter Has A Swell Investment Opportunity For Some Sucker Out There

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 21, 2015
I do not personally believe in Bigfoot, but there are a lot of people who do. Why? I'm not sure. You'd think that it would occur to these people that if Bigfoot did exist that we would have found one by now, or at least the rotting carcass of one. I mean, unless they think… More »

This 108-Year-Old Woman Says The Key To Health Is Avoiding Men

By: Claire Hannum / January 21, 2015
Jessie Gallan, the oldest woman in Scotland, celebrated her 108th birthday on January 2. Gallan was born on a farm, in a tiny two-room cottage, and then went on to work at a hotel that was visited by the Queen and the Queen Mother during her time on staff there. Her tip to lead such… More »

Watch This Goat Get His Head Stuck In A Chip Bag

By: Claire Hannum / January 21, 2015
When Buzz the goat found an empty chip bag, he couldn't resist attempting to eat the crumbs at the bottom and got himself stuck. Instead of letting a human (or the family dog) help him get the bag off, he took off running! Maybe he was having too much fun? More »

NYU Student Filmed Himself Setting A Woman On Fire And Serenading Her

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 21, 2015
Jaime Castano, a 20-year-old former NYU student is being charged with reckless endangerment and assault for having "allegedly" set fire to the bedding of a sleeping female classmate and then singing to her. "Allegedly" is in quotation marks, because he actually filmed the incident and shared it on Snapchat with a number of friends. More »

Republicans Come Out Swinging For The 1% In State Of The Union Responses

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 21, 2015
In last night's State of The Union speech, President Barack Obama finally got it together to start proposing some of the things the American people thought they voted him in to do in the first place. He detailed his plan to offer free community college, to raise taxes on the rich to pay for childcare,… More »

“Cannibal Cop,” Fresh Out Of Jail, Looks For Love On Match.com

By: Megan Reynolds / January 21, 2015
"Cannibal Cop" Gilberto Valle is fresh out of jail and ready to find his forever-person. To refresh your memory: Gilberto Valle is that NYPD officer who was eventually convicted for plotting to kidnap, kill, cook and eat his then-wife. His conviction was eventually thrown out by a judge, who… More »

9 Stupid Words We Should Retire In 2015

By: Cracked / January 21, 2015
A new year is upon us, and that means we need to arbitrarily decide some things will be different, solely based on the fact that Earth has completed another cycle around the sun in a way that proves nothing other than physics are still working. To start, let's work on language. We have a whole… More »

Florida Bill Will Require Students To Watch Terrible Dinesh D’Souza Movie

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 21, 2015
A bill being proposed by legislators in Florida would require all high school students to watch convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza's controversial "America: Imagine The World Without Her" at least twice during their school careers, once during 8th grade, and once during 11th.  Republicans Sen. Alan Hays and Rep. Neil Combee hope… More »

Emma Sulkowicz Will Attend The State Of The Union Address

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 20, 2015
Columbia University artist Emma Sulkowicz, who has been carrying her dorm mattress in protest of campus rape, will be attending the State of the Union Address. [ArtNet] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has published a new short story! More »

Five-Year-Old Shoots Infant Brother Dead With Gun Left Out By Grandfather

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 20, 2015
This Monday, 24-year-old mother of four Alexis Wiederholdt called 911 to report that her five-year-old child had shot her nine-month-old son with a paintball gun. Tragically, it turned out to not be a paintball gun, but a real gun that her father, surely a Responsible Gun Owner™, left lying out… More »

#IStandWithHolly – And Anyone Chuck Johnson Has Doxxed And Harassed

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 20, 2015
Oh hey, Sentient Turd Chuck C. Johnson is at it again! “It” being, of course, harassing women and airing their personal business online. You may remember him from that time that he doxxed alleged UVA rape victim and Rolling Stone subject “Jackie” after threatening her for hours. It’s kind of worth noting that UVA’… More »

Make It Work: The Curious Case Of The Office Shower

By: Megan Reynolds / January 20, 2015
Do you feel like you live at work? Do you spend more time there than you do your house, your car, your apartment, or the comfortable cave you’ve made out of pillows, Us Weekly magazines and your laptop in your bed at home? Do you ever wish that your workplace took care of you i… More »

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