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The Duggars’ Oldest Son On Track To Surpass His Parents’ Brood Size

On TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar put Kate Gosselin and OctoMom to shame. And now it looks like the Duggars’ oldest son, Josh, is following in their power-breeding footsteps. Both he and his wife, Anna, are 22. They had their first baby 13 months ago—a little girl named Mackynzie—and now they are preggers with baby numero dos.
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Amazon Finally Bans “The Pedophile’s Guide To Love And Pleasure”

What kind of crack was Amazon smoking when the retailer decided it was OK to sell the book The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child Lover’s Code of Conduct? Amazon was initially standing behind Philip R. Greaves II’s self-published Kindle e-reader title saying, “Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.” After internet-wide protest and the popular Twitter trending topic #BoycottAmazon, Amazon has removed the title from its website. I am completely against censorship, but good lord! Teaching someone how to be a pedophile is beyond an “objectionable criminal act” — it is abominable! Finally, how long before this Philip R. Greaves II is investigated for his crimes? [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Good News For Dudes: An Active Sex Life Means A Longer Life. But There’s A Catch.

Gentlemen, it is time for a pants-off dance-off. A new study shows that sex on the regular can help you live longer. After surveying 4,000 men, the Italian Society of Sexual Medicine found that the guys who had an active sex life with a steady partner had fewer cardiovascular complaints and tended to live longer. But the catch: they had to be faithful to their spouses. Keep reading »

Damn The Man, Save The Howard Brown Health Center!

Help! The Howard Brown Health Center, which has been serving the LGBT community since the ‘80s, needs donations, baaaaad. Two top officials were dismissed earlier this year for financial mismanagement of grant funds, and now the new CEO, Jamal Edwards, has regretfully announced that the center needs to raise $500K by Jan. 1, or it will have to close its doors. Noooooo! The clinic has been a cornerstone of AIDS research and gay outreach in Chicago. In fact, Howard Brown is currently conducting a decades-long research program, the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, and it would be a cryin’ shame for humanity if it had to give up on the work now. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “16 & Pregnant” Girl Kicked Out Of House For Not Getting Abortion

  • According to our friends at The Stir, refusing to have an abortion got Emily, the young Alabama girl on this season of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant,” kicked out of her mom’s house. On this week’s episode, Emily moved an hour away to her dad’s house and had to start high school at a new school while pregnant. Really sad. [The Stir]
  • Nebraska’s Dr. Leroy Carhart, the last abortion provider to publicly admit to providing late-term abortions, said he will be expanding his practice to three more states because Nebraska has been so successful restricting abortion. The first clinic will open in Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6. “We need a place where we can help our patients, without the harassment of the courts,” said Dr. Carhart. [KETV]
  • Antoine Dodson and family are moving to Hollywood to film a reality show. That has to be the weirdest thing that has ever happened as a result of an attempted rape. [Colorlines]
  • Iran failed to get a seat on the new United Nations agency for women’s rights called UN Women. However, Saudi Arabia, which prohibits women from driving and won’t let a woman travel without permission from a male guardian, did get a seat. [AFP]

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Sarah Palin Fights The Cookie War

Yesterday, Sarah Palin brought cookies to an appearance at Plumstead Christian School. No, she wasn’t trying to bribe the kids for votes if she runs in 2012. She was protesting big government. “I heard that there’s a debate going on in Pennsylvania over whether public schools were going to ban sweets,” she explained, referring to a set of nutrition guidelines the Pennsylvania Board of Education is considering for school parties. Only, she got the details wrong—what the Board is actually debating is encouraging parents to offer only one sweet per kid at parties and include fruits and vegetables as well. “I wanted these kids to bring home the idea to their parents for discussion. Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents.” Keep reading »

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