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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 »

T&A That Can Get Past The TSA

RyanAir, the cheap-o European airline, has released its fourth calendar of ladies from its cabin crew frolicking on a tropical beach in bikinis. Proceeds from the 2011 RyanAir calendar, which costs $14, will be donated to a German kids’ charity. While, personally, I don’t care if women want to pose in bikinis for a calendar or whatever, I think it’s unprofessional for a company to do one with its employees. I mean, it’s an airline, not Hooters! Although I know the quality that I most appreciate in a flight attendant is her taut stomach. (Sarcasm again, people.) [NY Daily News]

(P.S. Thanks, John DeVore, for the title!) Keep reading »

Attorney General Fired After Harassing Gay Student

Well, it’s about time: Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvelll, who admitted to harassing the openly gay student president of the Michigan Student Assembly, was fired this past week. His boss, Attorney General Mike Cox, said he fired Shirvell after discovering he was using state resources in an inappropriate way.

Cox initially defended Shirvell, on First Amendment grounds. And in a statement after firing Shirvell, Cox reiterated his stance. “To be clear, I refuse to fire anyone for exercising their First Amendment rights, regardless of how popular or unpopular their positions might be,” said Cox. “However, Shirvell repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior, and inappropriately used state resources, our investigation showed.” Keep reading »

In San Fran, Happy Meals Will Soon Be Sad

Although Prop 19, legislation that would have legalized marijuana in California, didn’t pass on Nov. 2, a new controversial bill has just gone into effect in the state: San Francisco passed an ordinance yesterday that prohibits toy giveaways in fast-food children’s meals that have more than 35 percent of their calories from fat. Yes, kids, that means no more free toys in Happy Meals. Public health advocates see this as a victory in their battle to stop the fast-food industry from marketing to kids and as a major step forward in curbing childhood obesity and diabetes. Though San Francisco is the first city to pass such a law in the U.S., it’s expected that many cities will soon follow suit.

Really? This news makes me kind of sad … Keep reading »

“Wheel Of Fortune” Wonder Offers Explanation

Fashion editor Caitlin Burke wowed Pat Sajak and the world last week when she managed to solve a “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle with only one letter in place. In a new interview with Esquire.com, she explains just how she was able to make such a miracle solve: the process of elimination. Burke, who grew up watching “Wheel” with her dad, was familiar with the game’s structure and habits, and employed a process of elimination to guess the winning phrase. As author Chris Jones explains,

“[Burke's] brain has a one-way valve built into it. Eventually, everything gets distilled, each puzzle boiled down to its most likely combination — two-letter words, three-letter words, and so on. Burke has trained her brain so that the impossible falls away, never to return, and eventually, out of the crowded ether, only a handful of solutions emerge.”

Burke’s one regret: that she didn’t pick a “G” or a “T.” She would have walked away with more money, but then again, she wouldn’t have had the distinction of solving the puzzle with only one letter. All in all, Burke walked away with $53,000 in cash and prizes — and proof that a natural gift, plus study and refinement, will create truly stunning results. [Esquire.com] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Aussies Won’t Let Lesbian Teen Take Her GF To School Dance

  • Hannah Williams, 16, of Melbourne, Australia, says she can’t bring her 15-year-old girlfriend Savannah Supski to the school’s formal dance, but that she could bring a male date instead. Girl, you should call up Constance McMillen, that Mississippi lesbian who got the ACLU to sue her school district and won! [Queerty]
  • Rev. Flip Benham, a conservative pastor in North Carolina, was found guilty yesterday of stalking abortion providers. Benham is responsible for putting up posters which read “WANTED” over the faces of doctors who do abortions and give out addresses. Benham claimed the posters were allowed under free speech, but doctors said the Wild West-style posters are a threat. [Charlotte Observer]
  • For the first time ever, more women than men earned doctoral degrees during the ’08-’09 school year. The ladies also earned six out of ten master’s degree that year. [Washington Post]

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