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The Green Bay Packers Can’t Stop Playing Settlers Of Catan, Like A Buncha Nerds

By: Beejoli Shah / January 16, 2015
The Green Bay Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL. Their quarterback has one of the best arms in the NFL, their defensive line is beast, they're legitimate Super Bowl contenders -- and according to the Wall Street Journal, they're also a bunch of damn nerds. More »

Parents Investigated For Neglect After Letting Kids Go For A Walk

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 16, 2015
A big part of the reason why I don't want to have kids is that I think that this is probably one of the most dull times in history to be a kid. I look at those plastic playgrounds with only those diaper-looking swings, and no merry go-rounds or see-saws or legit slides (sorry, but… More »

The United States Gets A “D” Grade For Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to NARAL Pro-Choice America

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 15, 2015
NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded the United States with a “D” for women’s reproductive rights. [NARAL] Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “The passionate intensity of the terrorists bears witness to a lack of true conviction.” [New Statesman] The Academy Awards (predictably) ignored black actors and directors. [The Grio]… More »

Is Petco Getting Your Dog Drunk?

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 15, 2015
Pet owners are up in arms about an "all-natural calming medicine for dogs" being sold in Petco stores. The product, "Good Dog," by Pet Organics, claims to “support emotional balance in your dog with this homeopathic, natural aid.” It is a “water additive … made from a combination of four flower essences known for soothing… More »

Help Homeless Women By Donating Pads & Tampons

By: Claire Hannum / January 15, 2015
A tough part of being homeless and female, besides the more obvious struggles of staying safe and fed, is how to handle your period. Al Jazeera America highlighted just how desperate that time of the month can be for homeless women when Maribel Guillet, who lives in a Bronx shelter, told the publication that… More »

President Obama Is Urging Congress To Provide Better Paid Sick Leave To American Workers

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 15, 2015
President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation today that would improve on America’s sparse and globally uncompetitive sick pay laws. It would require six weeks of sick pay for new parents for federal employees and an additional six weeks of parental leave, as well as obligating employers with more than 15 employee… More »

It’s Time To Cry: Girl Writes Balloon Letter To Late Dad, Kind Strangers Reply

By: Claire Hannum / January 15, 2015
Since Ashlynn Marracino's dad died of a brain aneurysm in 2010, the 16-year-old has had a tradition of writing him a letter on his birthday, January 6. This year, she wrote the letter on a star-shaped a balloon, tell him, “You have missed so much and I miss you. And I love you, miss you… More »

Colombians Are Outraged Over A Children’s “Miss Tiny Thong” Beauty Pageant

By: Beejoli Shah / January 15, 2015
While wet t-shirt contests and dancing for hordes of beer-soaked men usually doesn't raise an eye when talking about sunny trips to Latin America, local residents are rightly outraged at the latest reports coming out of Colombia: a "Little Miss Thong" bikini contest for 6-10 year old girls. The "Miss Tanguita" pageant (which translates to… More »

Ted Nugent Mocks The Developmentally Disabled In Advance Of Sarah Palin TV Special

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 14, 2015
Draft-dodging ephebophile Ted Nugent sure has some strong "words" for those in the media with whom he disagrees! On Tuesday, Nugent posted an "openletter" to his Facebook page in which he called his critics out on ... well, I honestly don't know what in particular, but something. More »

The U.S. Supports Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Covers, Citing Free Speech

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 14, 2015
The U.S. State Department has voiced public support for Charlie Hebdo’s past and future satirical magazine covers, citing the importance of free speech. [RawStory] French comedian Dieudonné has been arrested for Facebook comments that were perceived to support Charlie Hebdo gunman Amedy Coulibaly, in what some critics see as a censorial move that shine… More »

North Dakota Gets Creative In Attempt To Ban Abortion

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 14, 2015
Last year, the state of North Dakota attempted to enact a "Fetal Heartbeat Bill" that would prevent women from seeking an abortion once a heartbeat can be detected, or at 6-7 weeks. This, however, was quickly overturned by a judge because it violated the standard set… More »

Concerned Mom Simply Outraged About “Satanic” School Bus Brake Lights

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 14, 2015
A mother in Tennessee is positively outraged over what she thinks is a Satanic symbol on her child's school bus brake lights. Robyn Wilkins -- bringing shame upon Robyns everywhere -- snapped a picture of said brake lights when she realized that they kind of sort of look like a pentagram. Naturally, she immediately contacted… More »

CBS Really, Really Wants You To Know That Supergirl Will Have Feminist Themes

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 13, 2015
CBS is insisting that the new Supergirl show will have feminist themes. [Daily Dot] Is it hypocritical for Hollywood to support “Je Suis Charlie” when they exercise censorship as a matter of course? [The Daily Beast] Uh oh, looks like Mitt Romney is actually a viable Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election. More »

Anti-Vaxxers Turn Disneyland Into Measleland!

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 13, 2015
They say it's the happiest place on earth, but it's recently made a lot of people pretty miserable. An measles outbreak originating at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in mid-December, has now been traced to at least 22 cases of the infectious disease. Of those infected, 12 were unvaccinated, four were vaccinated, and six didn't… More »

Wendy Davis’s Replacement Wore Anti-Abortion Cowboy Boots To Her Swearing In Ceremony

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 13, 2015
In order to run for Governor last term, All-American Shero Wendy Davis had to give up her seat in the Texas State Senate. Which means someone had to replace her. That person was Tea Party favorite, Konni Burton -- and not only is she Konni with a K, she's also klassy with a K. More »

4chan Drove A Book Vlogger Off Of YouTube For Existing As A Book Vlogger On YouTube — But What Classy Thing Will They Do Next?

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 13, 2015
Classy as always, 4chan used its collective powers to drive a book vlogger off of YouTube with comments on her channel that were in turns condescending, mansplaining, and vulgar. She had nothing to do with the forum’s /lit/ board; her channel's link was posted there for a discussion about book vloggers, and, of course,… More »

Mike Huckabee Cannot Believe The Obamas Let Their Kids Listen To This Beyoncé Person

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 13, 2015
Potato-faced nincompoop Mike Huckabee has advice for practically everyone, and is more than willing to dish it out as he goes around promoting his new book, which is seriously titled God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. An appropriately classy and dignified title for a book by a man who wishes to be President of these United… More »

Mommie Dearest: Pope Francis Gives Breastfeeding In Public His Holy Endorsement

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 13, 2015
Breastfeeding in public just got a major, holy, endorsement. Pope Francis recently told mothers that they could breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. While presiding over the baptism of 33 babies, the leader of the Catholic church said, “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed… More »

Paul Ryan To Deprive Us Of The Hilarity Of A Paul Ryan Presidential Run

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 13, 2015
Aw! It looks like I won't be spending a good chunk of 2016 giggling maniacally over Paul Ryan photo ops. The former Vice Presidential contender and so-called "policy wonk" (HA) has announced that he will not be running for President in 2016, as if that were a thing that would work out for him anyway… More »

3 Problems I Have With Dove’s “Campaign For Real Beauty”

By: Claire Hannum / January 13, 2015
Today, after 10+ years of relentless ads, Dove's "Campaign for Real Beauty" was named #1 in the Advertising Age list of top ad campaigns of the 21st century for its mission to, according to the magazine, "change societal notions about beauty." Sorry, but I find that totally lame. I'm also really sick of hearing about… More »

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