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Barack Obama And Jon Stewart Trade Quips, Deep Thoughts


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Last night, for the first time since he was elected president, Barack Obama appeared on “The Daily Show.” After making some small talk about the set, the two got down to brass tacks. Jon Stewart asked point blank, “Are we the people we were waiting for?” Obama responded carefully, “I’m feeling great about where the American people are considering what we’ve gone through. We’ve gone through the two toughest years anytime since the Depression.” See part one of the interview here and part two after the jump. Are you heading to the Rally to Restore Sanity this weekend? Keep reading »

Do Not Want: The Unintentional Penis Tattoo

A 21-year-old Australian tattoo artist is facing two counts of assault after inking an unwanted tattoo on his friend’s back. The 25-year-old victim didn’t really want a tattoo in the first place, but the artist in question convinced him to get a ying yang symbol with some dragons. That sounds fugly enough, yet even fuglier was the 16-inch penis and a gay slur he emerged with. The peen-tooist will now have to face a jury while the dude with the d**k on his back will have to face some serious time under the laser. [Metro] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Abortion Providers Depicted In “Wanted” Posters In NC

  • Abortion providers in North Carolina have seen their faces depict on “WANTED” fliers like old Wild West notices for fugitives from the law. The posters are made by Operation Save America, a group that opposes legal abortion and protests outside of clinics in the Charlotte area. It’s against federal law to threaten force to prevent clinic access and an appeals court in 2002 ruled that similar “WANTED” posters violated that law; however, that ruling is only applicable to that court’s jurisdiction. The “WANTED” fliers have depicted many past and present abortion providers, including the late Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, who was assassinated by an extremist in May 2009. [CBS News]
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has acquired the poet/author Maya Angelou’s archive, which includes 343 boxes of personal papers, including letters from Malcolm X, James Baldwin, and Coretta Scott King. [Black Voices]

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Obama And Biden Address The Nation About Violence Against Women

I know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But the 10th month of the year is another time for reflection on an issue that doesn’t get quite the attention it deserves: Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Frisky has been re-posting some of our past content by our contributor Judy McGuire, a domestic abuse survivor, but we were pleased to see it’s being addressed on a national level, as well.

Today at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama made remarks about violence against women, which I’ve transcribed a bit after the jump: Keep reading »

I Feel Sorry For The Marie Claire “Fatties” Author

I have a high threshold for sexist, sizeist, classist, and racist things that people write on the internet because I’ve seen so much of it over the years. But the MarieClaire.com article by Maura Kelly titled “Should ‘Fatties’ Get A Room?” — which we told you about yesterday — was above-and-beyond disgusting. Kelly wrote that she wouldn’t want to watch the new TV show “Mike & Molly,” starring two plus-sized actors in an intimate relationship, because she would “be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.” In case you need her point driven home further, Kelly added, “I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across the room.”

The blatant sizeism in those statements should make Maura Kelly ashamed of herself. And given how quickly she posted an “apology” yesterday and how her boss, Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, responded (more on that in a second), she appears to be mortified.

Here’s the thing — I actually feel bad for this woman. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Woman’s Head Stepped On Outside Rand Paul Debate

  • A woman protesting outside of Kentucky senatorial candidate Rand Paul’s debate last night was wrestled to the ground and had her head stepped on by a Paul supporter. Lauren Valle, a protester with MoveOn.org, said she was trying to hand Paul a fake award when she was attacked. Another Rand Paul supporter has been identified by a fellow Tea Party activist as the person who held Valle to the ground while she was stepped on. I think this is how the Taliban silences dissent, too! [AP, Gawker]
  • Women’s ski jumping may be added to the Olympics’ roster for the 2014 games in Russia, Olympic officials said yesterday. Lady ski jumpers have been fighting to compete in the games for years, but the International Olympic Committee has said there weren’t enough women competitors. [New York Times]
  • This week, “Private Practice” starring Kate Walsh will begin a multi-episode story line involving a female character who is raped. Creator Shonda Rhimes told Entertainment Weekly that she was tired of shows treating sexual assault as a let’s-get-the-bad-guys plot while neglecting the victim’s story. “A lot of violence against women on television is from the point of view of law enforcement … as opposed to standing in the shoes of the actual victim and seeing how it is for them and the people around them,” she explained. The show worked with the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network on the show to handle the issue appropriately. [Women and Hollywood]

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