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Ted Haggard Coming To A Television Near You

In 2006, Ted Haggard was one of the most powerful ministers in the United States—he was the head of the enormous New Life Church in Colorado and the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, which boasted 30 million members. And then, in a major sex scandal, a male prostitute outed Haggard, saying that not only had Haggard paid him for sex, but that he had bought and done crystal meth. Let’s just say that Haggard’s days at the New Life Church were numbered from there. So I am pretty pumped to see that TLC is airing a special that’s basically “Ted Haggard: How Haggard Is He Now?” Keep reading »

Homeless Ted Williams Meets Estranged Mom


It’s been a banner week for Ted Williams. The 53-year-old spent 20 years living on the streets in Columbus, Ohio, his life ruined by drugs and alcohol. But then a video of the silky-voiced homeless man went viral–and bam!–he’s got a job and has been reunited with his mother. On Thursday, Williams saw his 90-year-old mother for the first time in nearly two decades. “You always told me to pray, and I’ve been praying. This has been a dream, a dream and a prayer,” he told his mother Julia, who lives in New York. Williams was in New York to record a voiceover spot for Kraft Foods, make appearances on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Today.” Of course, what was Ted’s mom, Julia, most concerned with? He accidentally told the world she was 92 when she’s actually 90. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: The Regrets Of A Stay-At-Home Mom

  • These are the regrets of a stay-at-home mom who “opted out” of the workforce, got divorced, and is now broke. For anyone who would eventually like to stay at home and raise some babies, this is a must-read. [Salon.com]
  • Beth Ditto of The Gossip is writing a memoir! Yay! [Vogue IT]
  • A Kentucky Senate committee OK’d a bill that would require a woman to view an ultrasound of her fetus before having an abortion. They call it “informed consent”; I call it somewhat cruel, depending on the circumstances. [Courier-Journal.com]
  • Sorta-feminist Naomi Wolf now has a (fake) Twitter account. [Twitter]

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Now This Is A Hand Gun

From artist Joseph Barbaccia’s Integration series: BLAMe. Not quite sure what that title means, but I like the idea here. Feeling a little vulnerable? Wish you were better armed? Well, have a handgun transplanted onto your hand, and you are a post-feminist Terminator. One question, though. When the bullet exists the forefinger, will it mess up my manicure? [Joseph Barbaccia] Keep reading »

Ladies, Stop Crying! Your Tears Turn Him Off!

Well, crap. Turning dudes on — I’ve been doing it wrong. Apparently, bawling my eyes out in front of a man isn’t the way to get his d**k hard. This revelatory information is brought to you by a new study which shows a female tears emit signals that actually turn men off. Male participants who sniffed “odorless tears” (do tears usually smell?) from women who cried during a sad movie had lower testosterone levels and were less sexually aroused by or attracted to the opposite sex than male participants who sniffed salt water. The explanation? For starters, when people cry in the presence of another person, they’re seeking comfort, a biological fact that is unique to humans; no other animals cry when they’re in distress. Additionally, the tears shed because of heightened emotion are chemically different than those that spill over when you’re, say, chopping onions. So, basically, “if women are communicating a chemical message that they need comfort, not sex, it seems appropriate that a man’s testosterone level would take a dive.” Possibly more interesting than the ZOMG revelation that men don’t sprout boners when women are sobbing is that researchers also think there could be a connection between emotional tears and lowering aggression. So, like, turning on the waterworks when your man is being an a-hole could make him chill out? Oh wait — tried, tested, knew that already. [ABC News] Keep reading »

The Ouija Board Predicts Yes, There Will Be A Film About The Game

The Ouija board has been the preferred form of occult entertainment for middle school sleepovers throughout time. I mean, how else would I have known that I’m going to have my first child when I’m 32? Wait! I am 32! Holy crap! I’m about to get pregnant any minute now. But I digress, the important news here is that “Charlie’s Angels” director McG has signed on to direct “Ouija,” the film based on the freaky board game. What will it be about? A horror flick? A comedy? The story line is being kept about as mysterious as the game itself. But I swear it’s happening. I swear, I’m not making it up. A spirit told me. I didn’t push the marker. It wasn’t me. I wasn’t even touching it! [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »

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