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Disturbing Trend: Mother/Daughter Plastic Surgery

As we saw on “The Hills” this week, there is no way in hell that Heidi Montag‘s mom would’ve joined her on the operating table. But apparently, lots of mother/daughter pairs are getting plastic surgery together. Prime example, Christie Brinkley and daughter Alexa Ray Joel, the new Prell girl. Alexa checked in to have a nose job earlier this month and Christie checked in for (people think) a facelift the next day. A spokesperson for the family said, “Alexa had breathing difficulties due to a deviated septum and decided to correct the appearance of her nose at the same time. As far as Christie is concerned, she was at Lenox Hill to support her daughter, and throughout her career people have speculated that she’s done this or that, which she always chooses to take as a compliment.” Riiiiight. And her face just happens to look much younger now. [NY Post]

But these two aren’t nearly the only ones doing it. Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: The Mommy Wars Go Digital

Mommy bloggers are crazy. No, not because they blog about every mind-numbingly boring burp and giggle — because they do it despite the fact that their readers are just vicious to them. For example, The New York Daily News tells us about mommy blogger Shellie Ross, who lived every mother‘s worst nightmare when she found her 2-year-old drowned in a pool. Less than an hour after she found the child’s body, she tweeted (“micro-blogged”) her Twitter followers to ask for their prayers — what kind of compassionate response did she get? People blamed her for her son’s death and someone even accused her usage of Twitter as the reason for his drowning.

It’s no secret that telling mothers they’re crappy parents is an American pastime. But the Daily News asks an interesting question: Is this “you’re a terrible mom!” judgment and hatred-spewing actually cyberbullying? And I say yes, yes, yes. Keep reading »

Maryline Blackburn Beat Sarah Palin At Miss Alaska, And Now Is Running For Office

World, prepare for the next beauty queen-turned-politician. Maryline Blackburn defeated Sarah Palin in the Miss Alaska Pageant in 1984, showing off her vocal cords in the talent competition and becoming the first African-American woman to win, err, enter the pageant. (Sarah’s flute-playing earned her Miss Congeniality.) Since then, Maryline moved to Atlanta, became a singer, and was nominated for two Grammys. The 2008 election changed her, though. While she was excited to see her old pageant rival on the ticket (“When I first saw her I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, she’s absolutely beautiful.’ She has that determined look and she’s not going to give up.”), Maryline is a Democrat. “It’s all about Obama, Obama,” she said at the time. She even performed at the inaugural balls thrown by Ludacris and Dionne Warwick.

Now, Maryline has decided to run for office herself. Keep reading »

This Vodka Will Leave A Mark On Your Knees

In case you thought this was a joke, for a limited time return an empty case Flirt Vodka (a Bulgarian brand) to your local Flirt-carrying liquor store and get a free pair of knee pads. Klassy! [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Iran Will Arrest Women With Suntans

  • Women in Iran sporting suntans can expect to be arrested for their “social misbehavior,” the Iranian police chief has warned. Iranian law decrees women’s skin must be fully covered. [AOL News]
  • Florida’s Senate passed an amendment to a health care bill today that will require a woman to have and view an ultrasound before she has an abortion. The woman can decline to view the ultrasound, but she must complete a form saying she declined to look at the ultrasound “of her own free will.” Rape victims are exempt from viewing the ultrasound if there is evidence of the crime. [TampaBay.com]
  • An article by Salon.com’s Broadsheet contributer Lynn Harris has inspired Reps. Joseph Crowley and Mary Bono Mack to introduce legislation called the Girls Protection Act to combat female genital mutilation. FGM is already illegal in the United States, but the Girls Protection Act would make it a federal crime to transport a minor outside the country for the purpose of FGM. [Salon.com's Broadsheet]

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Shun, Shag, Or Marry: The Goldman Sachs Bosses

The Goldman Sachs bosses are in hot water. The Subcommittee on Investigations made sure they were thorough with a nearly 11-hour questioning of them this week, asking whether their firm “made significant bets against the mortgage industry while selling their clients toxic assets.” Basically, while the economy went down the crapper, these guys were raking in dough. While I would love to shun the lot of them, because I am a respectable journalist, it is my job to decide which Goldman Sachs bosses should be shunned, shagged, or married. [Huffington Post, Daily Mail]
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