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Shakira Shakes Up Controversy Over Arizona’s New Immigration Laws

If I wasn’t already slightly embarrassed to admit that I grew up in Arizona, I am now. With the announcement of the new immigration laws, I want to boycott the state altogether, but unfortunately that’s not an option since my family lives here. In fact, I am here right now with my brother for a family visit. On the flight over from NYC, there was a guy sitting a few rows behind me wearing a baseball cap that said, “Don’t shoot! I’m legal!” Yes, it was meant to be ironically disdainful, but this issue is personal for my brother. His girlfriend is a Canadian citizen, which would make it potentially dangerous for her to come visit. That’s how over-the-top the new laws are. Speaking of visiting … Arizona has a famous visitor this week who is also deeply angered by the new laws. Keep reading »

Rielle Hunter Tries To Prove What A Private Person She Is On Oprah


Rielle Hunter really wants us to know what a PRIVATE person she is. The best way to do that? An interview with Oprah of course. Yet oddly, her little chat with the Big O seemed anything but private. Like when she admitted that she felt like she did nothing wrong by having an affair with John Edwards claiming, “I followed my heart and I believe it was the right thing to do.” That’s some advanced morality right there. I was also cringing when she explained her intention in getting involved with Edwards. She felt in her heart that she could help him “see his authentic self” and “be more of his authentic self so people could see who he really is.” That just makes her sound so arrogant and clueless. Keep reading »

Italians Claim Premature Baby Lived Through Abortion

The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that three separate investigations have been launched after a claim that this weekend, a premature baby survived an abortion at 22 weeks (or about five months). Allegedly, Rev. Antonio Martello, a hospital chaplain at Rossano Calabro Hospital in Calabria, was praying in front of the infant’s body 20 hours after the abortion and witnessed it breathing. Martello then said he alerted doctors, who took the baby to a neonatal unit at a different hospital where it allegedly died on Monday. Now legal authorities are investigating the alleged botched abortion as possible manslaughter.

Hmph. I call bulls**t. Keep reading »

This Indiana Grandmother Is Having A Baby — With Her Grandson

Look, I’m a romantic. I believe in true love as much as the next gal. But I draw the line at incest, save the sexy kind written up in my fave V.C. Andrews’ beach reads. Which is why my brain just about exploded when I read this headline: “I’m in love with my grandson and we’re having a baby.” Oh no they are not. But they are, if this story is to be believed! According to Australia’s New Idea magazine, 72-year-old Pearl Carter had a daughter, Lynette, who she gave for adoption when she was 18. Years later, Lynette had a son, Phil Bailey, now 25. After Lynette died of brain cancer, Phil decided to track down his grandmother and, um, love blossomed. Keep reading »

Thank Heavens No One Had To Give Birth To This Giant Baby

The biggest baby in the world isn’t your boyfriend, or your sister, or even your lazy-ass coworker. It’s “Miguelin,” the 21-foot-tall animatronic brainchild of Spanish film director Isabel Coixet. It will be the star of Spain’s presentation at the Shanghai Expo, which opens Saturday. It moves, breathes, blinks, smiles, giggles. But even though it doesn’t poop, it’s still pretty dang terrifying to a single gal. Well, maybe that’s because the same robo-makin’ peeps who worked on “Alien vs. Predator” helped. But seriously, if you need your biological clock to stop ticking, just watch this video of it in action. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Navy Will Allow Women On Submarines

  • The Navy announced today that women will be allowed to serve on submarines for the first time ever beginning in 2012. Twenty-four women — for guided-missile attack subs and ballistic-missile subs at bases — will begin training to be sub officers this summer. “We’re going to look back on this four or five years from now, shrug our shoulders and say, ‘What was everybody worrying about?’” said Rear Admiral Barry Bruner. [AP]
  • President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House and at military posts around the world to fly at half-mast today out of respect for civil rights and women’s rights crusader Dorothy Height, who passed away last week at age 98. She was laid to rest this morning at the Washington National Cathedral. [Essence]
  • A record number of Republican women are running for seats in the House of Representatives in 2012 and the overall number of women running for office will be the highest ever. So far, 239 women will run for the House and 31 will run for the Senate, beating 1992′s “Year Of The Woman” record (when 222 women ran for the House and 29 for the Senate). [Washington Post]

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