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RIP: Broadcast’s Trish Keenan

It’s a sad day for music. Trish Keenan, of the electronic pop duo Broadcast, has died from complications from pneumonia after she contracted H1N1 (yeah, swine flu) while on tour. Keenan’s voice was incredibly special and if you’ve never heard her sing — or listened to Broadcast before — this is a rather tragic excuse to start. Sadness. Check out a couple examples of the songs she sang, after the jump… [Brooklyn Vegan] Keep reading »

Baby Black Swan

She’s perfect! Perfect! This little baby black swan puts Natalie Portman to shame. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Idaho Pharmacist Refuses Medication For Woman Who Had Abortion

  • A pharmacist in Nampa, Idaho, refused to fill a prescription for anti-bleeding medication for a woman, telling her she would not give it if it was being used after an abortion. Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest said the woman needed Methergine, which is used to stop bleeding after an abortion or childbirth. Idaho passed a so-called “conscience clause” law which allows pharmacists to refuse to dispense medication to patients based on their own beliefs. [KBOI]
  • A military panel is set to request that the Pentagon overturn its ban on women serving in combat. [NPR]

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Man Accused Of Having Sex With Dog Cleared

A man in Aventura, Florida, was accused of sexually abusing his dog, but a judge dropped the charges. The dog’s name? Oh, CHRISTIE BRINKLEY. Armand Pacher was charged with abusing his Great Dane after a vet found signs of sexual abuse–and found human semen mixed in the dog’s urine. Pacher further ignited suspicions when he made a comment to a vet technician regarding the dog’s health. Pacher allegedly said: “She doesn’t seem to enjoy it as much when we have sex. Maybe it’s because I have not been as energetic lately, and that’s why she is not enjoying it as much.” He later insisted that it was just a joke. The case was dropped after prosecutors failed to find any physical evidence. The retired insurance investigator was reportedly relieved. “Although the prosecution has finally decided to say ‘just kidding, never mind,’ my life has been fully destroyed.” [Palm Beach Post News] Keep reading »

Is Olivia Munn’s Maxim Cover Too Hot For Newstands?

Maxim‘s never been known to shy away from a risque cover, and this month’s cover shot, of “Perfect Couples” star and “Daily Show” contributor Olivia Munn, is no different. The big scandal is Olivia’s see-through underwear, which some say are just a tiny toe over the edge to indecent. Dan Gainor, Vice President of Business & Culture at the conservative Media Research Center, is outraged by Munn’s bare crotch. “It’s disgusting,” he said. “Maxim has moved their magazine from tawdry to full-on pornography.” He’s calling for the magazine to be displayed in the porn section of the magazine rack, rather than the men’s interest section–far away from the prying eyes of kids. (Of course, the deep irony is that conversation around the cover has only served to give the magazine greater exposure.)

Maxim covers typically feature scantily clad girls practically shoving their crotches in reader’s faces. So we’re not sure why Munn’s panty choice makes all that much difference. Maxim‘s never been particularly prudish. And it seems even Fox News followers agree: A poll on the site found that a whopping 72 percent of people saw no problem with the cover. What do you think? Keep reading »

Shocking! Rush Limbaugh Insensitive Towards Rape Victims

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“[After Saturday's shooting in Arizona, when Sarah Palin and other conservatives were criticized for using at-times violent political rehtoric, a Time magazine reporter] said, well they should have just turned the other cheek and stopped defending themselves, and they would have shut this thing all down. So yeah, just, that’s what they used to tell women who were raped, wasn’t it? Just sit back and enjoy it, put some ice on it, like Clinton said, put some ice on the lip, you asked for it, your dress asked for it, just sit back and enjoy it. Isn’t that how they used to tell raped women to deal with it?”

— Radio host Rush Limbaugh is sensitive as always while talking about the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and subsequent criticisms against politicians like Sarah Palin and shock jocks like him. Seriously, dude, there is never a tasteful occasion to compare oneself to rape victims. Make your point some other way, OK? And don’t forget, everyone, this insensitive comment comes from the same guy who suggested the TSA “grope” the Obama daughters. Ick, ick, ick. [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »

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